PRO DOMO TUA
set design & video installation
16 March – 30 June 2018: Bomhuset – Museum for Miniature Art
concept & direction: Giuseppe L. Bonifati (DOO / Kunstpartiet)
video & architectural media: Stefano di Buduo (AESOP Studio)
set design: Mette Sandholt & Linda Sugataghy
In 58 BC, Marco Tullio Cicerone a man of politics, but also orator, philosopher and literature, was sent to exile for, as Consul in Rome at that time, he had sentenced to death the followers of Senator Lucio Sergio Catilina. During the trial summary, the condemnation of death was delivered without approval of the tribesmen of the plebs, and consequently, in a later investigation, Cicero was accused of not respecting the constitutional procedure. Cicero was exiled and subject to the confiscation and demolition of his property. On the site of his former sumptuous “domus” on the Palatine Hill, was built instead a “Temple of Freedom”. Being freed in the following year and returning to Rome, Cicerone tried immediately to obtain further compensation from the State for the destroyed house and its rebuilding at public expenses. From that time, the expression “De domo sua” (or “pro domo sua”) has become the flag, even in politics, for he whom speaks exclusively in defence of his personal interests.
Starting from these historical premises, in the exhibition “Pro Domo Tua” we can see in one figure, a contemporary bull-fighter, the subliminal symbiosis of different past leaders. The set-design transforms the oldest house and tiniest museum of Holstebro in a 24 h video-installation and a dreamlike showcase, through an operation of architecture & media. Inside of the “domus”, we installed 5 videos panels, and by each of them, a video-chapter is projected out, through the windows of Bomhuset, creating a walking path around the “house” for the people visiting the exhibition.
The work focuses on the impact and influence that ART may have on politics. Or viceversa.
DOO performing arts group / Aesop Studio / Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium
Municipality of Holstebro / Færch Fonden
in collaboration with
Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Bergen Begravelse, Hundborg Kirke, DK Kød ApS