Since 1989, Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler have collaborated on numerous video-based installations which are typically organized around a central event related to society and initiate a reinterpretation of how things happen.
Their piece for Manifesta 7 takes the Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda as its starting point. This “gloomy hole” – in the words of Benito Mussolini – served as headquarters for the German-controlled Repubblica Sociale Italiana (Italian Social Republic) in 1943–1945. After the Fetrinelli family regained possession of the villa in 1946, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli used it as a communist camp and hideout, becoming increasingly involved in the militant underground until his mysterious death in 1972. In Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), four libertines use the villa as the site for their orgiastic pact, each one marrying one of the others’ daughters.
In an unsettling connection, all three Italian notables were bodily disfigured in death: Mussolini in the Piazzale Loreto in Milan, Feltrinelli by the power lines in Segrate, Pasolini at the Idroscalo in Ostia. Today, the villa where all three spent time near the end of their lives is a five-star hotel, offering “the highest possible hotel service for the discerning traveler in search of beauty, graciousness and peace.”
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