Under Black Sun
Under Fascism, Mussolini created the New Man, placing himself as the hegemonic masculine ideal and using the nostalgia of the Ancient Roman past to gain popular support. At the height of his power, he oversaw the construction of advanced film production facilities, home to vast sets of Ancient Rome surreally located within the capital city itself. Under Black Sun traces this legacy through the performance of it's modern-day followers, once again depicting the New Man against the backdrop of contemporary Rome. Shot on motion picture film, the work follows how Far Right Italian political parties continue to use the Fascist aesthetics of Roman symbolism and Gladiatorial performance to promote their agenda; blurring the lines between reality and the cinematic.
Zsofi Bohm • Kieran Cudlip • Polly Garnett • Louis Herron • Giuseppe Iannello • Giya Makondo-Wills • Luke Richards • Luke Withers •