Fernando Cestari

The New Church

An area surrounded by sequences of beads reminds the viewer of rosaries, the luxury of churches but they are rather a symbolic representation of prison bars cell. Once inside the space, alone or not, one can be disturbed by the bouncing bead sequences and also capture the gaze of the viewers looking at you inside, and vice-versa.
Inside the area, a hand made and decorated cardboard paper shrine contains a video of a crucifix out of focus and quite not recognizable at first, is bouncing on the screen. Playing in loop, the crucifix starts from motionless to speeding up until it reaches the side edges of the TV screen, than slowing down nearly motionless and speeding up again…provoking a sense of hypnotism to the viewer.
Perhaps the viewer might re-examine prison systems, where prison is not only that ones where the society locks criminals, but also the (free) society that we are apparently living at the moment where religion, politics and media have the power of manipulation.