La malattia del ferro (The malady of iron, 2010–12) is a trilogy of short films, each focusing on a highly specialized occupation. The title refers to a syndrome similar to cabin fever, which sailors experienced after being out at sea for great lengths of time. The first film in the series, Il Capo (2010) is a beautiful portrayal of the Carrara marble quarry and the magnanimous foreman directing his crew like an orchestra conductor. Piattaforma Luna(2011) takes us inside the rarely seen daily routine of scuba divers on board a submarine, stationed deep below the surface of the ocean. Da Vinci (2012), features a surgical robot whose mechanical arms perform an operation (guided by a surgeon working remotely), and exquisitely captures the procedure from the inside and out. Together, the three films explore the interdependent relationship between man and machine and the beautiful choreography of labor.

Ali Subotnick (curator of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles)



Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
February 2nd 2012

CAC, Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Gevève, Switzerland
October 1st 2012

Nuit Blanche, curated by Chiara Parisi, Paris, France
October 5th 2012

La malattia del ferro/Die Krankheit des Eisens, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
March 11th – April 5th 2014

Nuit Blanche, Splendid Palace, Riga, Latvia
September 6th 2014

La malattia del ferro (The Illness of Iron), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
September 28th 2014 – January 19th 2015

Glitch. Interferenze tra arte e cinema in Italia, a cura di Davide Giannella, PAC Milano
October 11th 2014 – January 6th 2015

Renaissance 2.0, ZKM Karlsruhe GLOBALE, Karlsruhe Germany

Il Quarto Stato, curated by Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Brend, Palazzo Martinengo Colleoni, Brescia, Italy

The Malady of Iron, curated by Lydia Pribisova, Hit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Architecture of Life, Berkeley Art Museum, California, USA

Art: Film, Cineporto di Lecce, Italy

The Malady of Iron, Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany

SCULTURE, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland



Tampere Film festival, Tampere, Finland

Ficunam, Mexico City

Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan

Festival of Film and Urbanism, Slavutych, Ukraine

VCD Lumen Quarterly – Humanoid: A Brief History, French Cultural Center, Beijing, China

con-vivere Carrara festival, Carrara, Italy

Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
Installation View: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA