1 maggio 2014

Yuri Ancarani


1 maggio 2014
film 35mm, 10' b/w, stereo

The work by Yuri Ancarani focuses on the family’s age-old tradition of setting aside a certain number of bottles to mark the birth of a new member. The artist interpreted this tradition through a film that reflects on the private dimension of a patronage that defies time. 1 May is the day on which Leonia Frescobaldi opens the first of the one hundred bottles she was given on the day of her birth.

Like a prized wine, 1 May 2014 is a document that acquires value over time and one that must be seen at the moment deemed most appropriate. For this reason, the film was printed on 35 mm, the only format able to guarantee the integrity of the work for 400 years. The film is presented in its original sealed “pizza” container. The container label was inspired by those of family bottles that are handwritten and numbered by the producer, as can be seen in the last scene of the film.

The Artist

Yuri Ancarani

He was born in Ravenna, Italy in 1972. He lives and works in Milan. He is a video artist and filmmaker. His works come from a continuous mix of documentary cinema and contemporary art, and are the result of research that is often aimed at exploring less visible parts of the everyday, a reality explored by the artist in person.

The main solo shows include:

55th Esposizione d’Arte Internazionale, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, Venice Biennale, Venice; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin MAXXI; Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome; R. Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; Prague Biennale 5, Prague.
He has also participated in numerous international festivals and received several awards and recognitions including: Talent Prize 2012, nomination for “Nonfiction feature filmmaking”, Cinema Eye Honors, Museum of Moving Image, New York; “Grand Prix in Lab Competition”, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand; “Honourable Mention”, Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo; “Best documentary”, New Horizon I.F.F., Wroclaw, Poland; “Short Film Grand Prize”, IndieLisboa, 10th International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon.


Yuri Ancarani, label for CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, Dedicated Vintage 2008. Ed. 500 Magnum, 2013

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