Elisabetta Benassi (Rome, 1966)
Artworks by this artist
Capo Portiere Bonjour, 2010
The video of Elisabetta Benassi (1966, Rome) was filmed near the Italian coastal town, Latina, where Aeneas once set foot on land. On 4 October 2010, a group of one hundred refugees leave the boat and set foot on the mainland. Nobody turns the engines off, making the boot look like a kind of ghost ship that keeps boring its way deeper into the coastline.
Her Ships And Still More Ships – a piece about the historical, Afro- American shipping company, Black Star Line – can be seen in Mu.ZEE as well.
Ships And Still More Ships, 2015
‘Ships And Still More Ships’. This was the ambitious slogan of the Black Star Line Steamship Corporation, a shipping company that came into existence in 1919. It was an initiative by Marcus Garvey, who wanted Afro-Americans and African goods to play a bigger role in the world’s economy. Elisabetta Benassi (b. 1966, Rome) highlights an exciting piece of forgotten history.
There is a video artwork by the same artist in Europacentrum, about a rudderless ship gradually running aground on the coastline.