+Yuri Ancarani,

Interview by Rossella Farinotti at Care/of Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano.

DOGMA has interviewed the director and video artist Yuri Ancarani, currently at the 55th International Art Biennal exhibition of Venice.
Fiammetta and Rossella met him at the Fabbrica del vapore, his official studio, where he works with a staff of close collaborators. We will soon go and discover his non-official studio, not far from there, so as to take photos of the images and works of Yuri.The first days I was filming Da Vinci, I was really shattered and I rested in the nurses’ room. I thought I would not manage to go on with this film.
This is what Yuri tells us about his last work, Da Vinci, which, luckily, he continued, making it to the Biennale of Venice, at the International Pavillion.In the operating- theatre there is a lot of blood, and I didn’t want to make a splatter movie.I turned the images to the colour blue, and showed the human body through technical details.
Yuri tells us he is outside the ordinary schemes. Yet, his video perfectly fitted into the most coveted artistic field, the Venice Biennale, in fact.

Rossella Farinotti: Hallo Yuri. Let’s start going backwards in time, from your last experience, so from the Biennale of Venice, in which you presented the video Da Vinci at the International Pavilion, which was popular with both the audience and the critics. Let’s talk about the” Surgeon Yuri side”. One of your peculiarities is being able to identify yourself completely with what you have decided to spy through the camera. In Da Vinci you chose to enter a human body, and you became a surgeon.You have told me you lived in the pit for a month, so you absorbed this experience that you then told through images, and the same is for the hyperbaric chamber. It is your peculiarity that of living inside these situations, that are, by the way, all in enclosed spaces. Not all directors, authors or artists identify themselves so much.

Yuri Ancarani. I am a sort of chameleon in these situations. I think that to know these worlds you must enter them and in some way discover their secrets.
You have to know everything, and it happens that you have to gain the trust of the person you have in front of you, a person who has no idea of what you are doing exactly.
And then you have to understand their knowledge and skills. At that point I get enthusiastic as they do. I am filming their lives. The people I am shooting are not doing a creative job, they’ are doing what they do everyday and what they will probably never change. And they do this really well.
I try, in that month or two, to get closer to their actions, a bit like the apprentice does with the expert, the pupil with the teacher…
In that moment I really want to become the miner and so I am told all the secrets of the job, I get told off for not being a good miner or a good surgeon. I get a lot of telling off because I am not a good scuba-diver, and then, little by little, I am taught the skills and I learn: I understand what I can and I can’t film and then I try to improve. But I will never be as good as them.

Yuri Ancarani. I am a sort of chameleon in these situations. I think that to know these worlds you must enter them and in some way discover their secrets.
You have to know everything, and it happens that you have to gain the trust of the person you have in front of you, a person who has no idea of what you are doing exactly.
And then you have to understand their knowledge and skills. At that point I get enthusiastic as they do. I am filming their lives. The people I am shooting are not doing a creative job, they’ are doing what they do everyday and what they will probably never change. And they do this really well.
I try, in that month or two, to get closer to their actions, a bit like the apprentice does with the expert, the pupil with the teacher…
In that moment I really want to become the miner and so I am told all the secrets of the job, I get told off for not being a good miner or a good surgeon. I get a lot of telling off because I am not a good scuba-diver, and then, little by little, I am taught the skills and I learn: I understand what I can and I can’t film and then I try.

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