Ministries of Loneliness
Video installation, office furniture
Cold as you are
Thermal images printed on cotton paper mounted on aluminium
Series, variable dimensions
Decal and graphite on ceramic
87 pz. 30 × 33 × 1,5 cm each
Building on an exploration of the Ministry of Loneliness – established in 2018 in the United Kingdom and replicated in 2021 in other countries such as Canada and Japan – Ministry of Loneliness is a research project and multimedia installation that develops a reflection on the political and social structures shaping the emotional state of loneliness and its perception in contemporary society. The work stems from extensive research the artist has carried out in different contexts, including Italy, the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
The installation includes: A multi-channel non-fiction film, shot by Rebecca Moccia, which juxtaposes different materials collected during the research, from parliamentary archives to scientific and narrative literature, from direct and indirect experiences and testimonies; A series of thermal portraits printed on cotton paper and mounted on aluminium providing an emotional reportage of places, bodies, and situations encountered during the research; 87 ceramic works that materialise and monumentalise the Loneliness Scale, a scale developed by the University of California in 1978 to assess the level of loneliness of a given subject and which is still used by governments today, employed by the artist as a tool for public workshops held during the research.
Installation view at ICA Milano, 2023. Courtesy the artist and Fondazione ICA Milano. Photo credits Diego Mayon
Ministries of Loneliness, Stills from the video, 2023
Ministries of Loneliness, Monochannel screening. Fondazione Prada, Cinema Godard Milan, 2023. Photo credits T-Space
Installation views of Ministry of Loneliness: Premise, Jupiter Woods, London, 2022. Photo credits Todd&White
The Ministry of Loneliness project was supported by the Italian Council (2021), Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity, Italian Ministry of Culture and OUTSET Partners. The film Ministries of Loneliness is co-produced by Careof in the context of the 10th edition of ArteVisione. Display realised in collaboration with Studio GISTO.
© 2024 Rebecca Moccia