What is soft and what is strong? IL CAPO, by Yuri Ancanari

IL CAPO by the Italian artist Yuri Ancarani.

This excerpt of the short film Il Capo (The Chief) makes part of the Trilogy La malattia del ferro (The disease of iron; 2010–12), where Ancarani portrays here labour instances where man and the machine ‘collaborate’. It is an ‘ode’ to precision, to silence, to repetitiveness, to the un-heroic, in effect to workmanship.

For this this specific part, the Il Capo, Arcani was shooting at the marble quarry of Carrara for a year. He got mesmerised by the refined and precise guidance his protagonist, his hero, gave to the big machines. And how they followed him, almost softly.

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