Exhibition: Guido Van Der Werve
Nummer veertien, home
Guido Van Der Werve's most recent single channel film, Nummer veertien, home, is on view at the Davis March 12–July 20, 2014. It is a multilayered film based on the structure of a classical Requiem: three movements and twelve acts. The poetic film interweaves tales of Alexander the Great, van der Werve's own personal narrative, and the life and death of Frederic Chopin. When Chopin died in Paris, his sister vowed to fulfill the composer's wish of bringing his heart back to his native land of Poland, and smuggled it from France to Warsaw for burial.
For Nummer veertien, home, Van der Werve performed a 1,000-mile triathlon from Warsaw to Paris, retracing the path along which Chopin's heart traveled. The filmic journey is accompanied by the artist's lush score and explores themes common to his work: physical endurance, man's struggle with nature, the crossover between history and geography, melancholy, and the solitary.
Curated by Michael Maizels, Andrew W. Mellon New Media Curator/Lecturer, and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for New Media Art.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.