‘New Scenario,’ 2022-2023 [trailer] Rahraw Omarzad

New Scenario, 2022-2023 is a new video by Rahraw Omarzad, made during his residency at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. The work was filmed in the theater of the museum, within an anti-air raid shelter used by civilians during the Second World War attacks on Turin, and in a semi-abandoned parking lot.

The video shows a cast of almost ghostly characters guided by a score of slow movements and gestures   within a setting formed of props, contrasting lights and an immersive, repetitive score which deepens their entrancement. Among these characters is a representative of the Taliban political and military organization; a US Army Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan; a civilian from an unspecified western country, a possible supporter and representative of the most ruthless capitalism; a businessman; a young European citizen; and a North African man in traditional Sudanese dress.

A mythological vision of the Greco-Roman tradition appears in the background: a man and two women appear wrapped in cloth to represent history which, with its events, in a perpetual repetition, reappears and cannot be erased. New Scenario offers a reflection on the circularity of human destiny and on the difficulties of liberation from the logic of trauma, wound, and conflict.


Marianna Vecellio

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17/03 2023
Rahraw Omarzad
‘New Scenario,’ 2022-2023 [trailer]
Single-channel video, color, sound
6 min 4 sec
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino

Featuring: Raffaele Benedetto, Gianfranco Bosco, Santo Domina, Yagoub Kibeida, Negar Sh, Lorenzo Valle, Marianna Vecellio, Giorgio Viarengo, Stefano Volpato | Executive producer: Marianna Vecellio | General coordination: Chiara Bertola | Assistants to production: Chiara Lupi, Alessio Giorda, Laura Cantone | Camera and editing: Matilde Sambo | Sound: Matilde Sambo | Set design: Stefano Volpato, Attitudine Forma | Lighting technician: Piero Nuzzolese | Backstage Maria Novella Tavano

Produced by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, in collaboration with TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary for st_age on the occasion of the exhibition “Artists in a Time of War” at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino. Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio, and with further support from Andre Ruben Levi and Giuliana Setari. Filmed at air-raid shelter of Piazza Risorgimento, Torino, and Teatro Castello di Rivoli.
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