Maura Biava (b. 1970)

Lot 144: Video still of Maura Biava's underwater character Doride

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 13, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: BIAVA, Maura (Italian, Dutch 1970). Doride, for Urano, 1999. Chromogenic print (video still); flush-mounted on dibond. Several small scratches.
Dimensions: 100 x 80 cm.
Artist or Maker: BIAVA, Maura (Italian, Dutch 1970).
Provenance: Private collection; Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Notes:
Video 'For Urano/Lirica' featuring Doride, an imaginary underwater character of Maura Biava, is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Performing in the film the artist was 'imagining Doride like Aphrodite singing her love to her father even though she never had any time with him. Her father was the first element in the universe, the sky: Uranus. The mythology says that in the moment of his death the blood that dripped in the water gave life to Aphrodite. Their relationship lasted the time of a metamorphosis' (from the website of the artist). The video project was commissioned by the Bifrons Foundation and created in collaboration with the composer Roderik de Man.
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