Left to Their Own Fate (Odyssey) – Photographs
Imago Lisboa – Photo Festival 2020
01.10 - 08.11.2020
Carpintarias de São Lázaro
Rua de São Lázaro 72, Lisbon
Thrusday to Sunday – 12 pm > 18 pm
Left to Their Own Fate (Odyssey), 2019–2020
44 colour photographs
Dimensions and presentations variable
Left To Their Own Fate (Odyssey), 2019
HD video, colour, sound, 180'
Taken during the shooting of his video Left to Their Own Fate presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale (Luxembourgish Pavilion at the Arsenale), the photographs of the Luxembourg-Portuguese artist Marco Godinho share the film’s refined atmosphere. Constituted in the form of a photographic fresco, this series retraces the three journeys along the Mediterranean Sea during which he follows his brother Fabio, an actor, who silently reads the entire three volumes of the full text of Homer’s Odyssey. After reading each page is torn out and offered to the sea, to nature, following their own destiny.
By referring to a classic literature while associating personal texts with the images, Marco Godinho transforms the documentary character of his photographs into an achronic fictional narrative. As is often the case in his multimedia artistic works, the conceptualisation of the presentation device deconstructs the representation by complexifying the philosophical, poetic, and political referents of the image.
Text by Paul di Felici