About the Commission: Nicola Costantino on Evita, the former First Lady of Argentina

Argentinian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 24, 2013 7:32PM

“I’m interested in the trace left by Evita in our emotional memory, as she becomes part of our lives from our very childhood. Her status as an emblematic female figure of the 20th century will always transcend political and historical facts, and rises beyond any judgement and mythic construction that may be built around her.

You come into a panoramic video installation with a 17 x 3 meter semicircular wall, on which Eva’s natural-sized figure is projected. The action has been shot with three different cameras and is shown through six projectors. The space represented is her house: the living room, the dining room and the study, where she is seen performing daily tasks in six different moments of her life. They are six Evitas living together in distinct time layers, [simultaneously]: The sick Evita. The actress of the time of flower-printed dresses. Eva on a Sunday morning. The tireless Eva with the tailored suit and bun. The people’s queen dressed by Dior for a Colon Theater gala. All choreographed in the same place but at different times. Eva is all those women she was said to be.”— Nicola Costantino

SINFONIA INCONCLUSA, Eva, los Sueños, Video Installation (detail), 2012, courtesy of the artist.

Argentinian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale