The loss of cultural, social and human identity is a central subject in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s work — and also the main reference for Flavio Cury’s video installation True Tragedy. Pasolini saw the growing power of capitalism in the 1950s as the start of a new social dynamic. Political realities triggered a change from a paleoindustrial to a neo-capitalist world, giving rise to an extreme technocracy. Cury seizes on this critique of “bourgeoisification” by reinterpreting a sequence from Pasolini’s film Teorema (en.: Theorem, 1968). Now, the loss of identity also means the homogenization of desires, the distortion of models that were once linked to a collective myth—in other words, those stemming from a real desire—but are derived from massproduced models of consumption.
Flavio Cury (*1973) completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil and an MFA at the University of Paris VIII in Paris, France. Cury’s videos and video installations emphasize the presence and function of sound. His audiovisual works confront the viewer with visual spaces that radically diverge from the acoustic environment, challenging the meaning of the images and creating reverberations on various semantic levels. His video work is often based on and influenced by literary texts.