Published on May 28th, 2015 | by Rosalina0
Magnifying Intimacy and Secrets: Lana Vanzetta
As an art historian, there are certain artists who continually surprise me, and for whom I look forward to the premiere of their next work. Always I am waiting to see what secrets London based video and installation artist Lana Vanzetta will expose in her next video, installation or performance. One never knows if it will be her own life, that of an old lover, or even your own, as you find your image projected onto multiple screens within an installation. Concerned with the collision between technology, art and intimacy, Vanzetta is an emerging artist to follow.
She was born in Glasgow and studied fine arts and photography at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada. For some time, Vanzetta successfully worked as a documentary filmmaker, including national campaigns for the NHS. However, upon the completion of her MA in Documentary Filmmaking, London College of Communication, the artist ventured into more experimental projects including performance art, video art screenings and installations. The result is captivating, something that is a cross between conceptual film and reality TV. For example, in 2013, for a solo show at Hoxton Arches, London, Vanzetta’s harrowing video installation It is No Measure of Health to be Well Adjusted to a Profoundly Sick Society deeply affected its viewers. The work is composed of five screens of cut up video alternating between fantasy and reality, dealing with controversial issues such as surveillance, social status, substance abuse and the troubles of contemporary life. The magnifying glass is held up to the artist herself, forcing a clash between voyeurism and self-awareness.
Most recently I have had the pleasure to view snippets of a project under development entitled “Love, Distrust, and Record” (2014) which as a series takes as its subject the almost unbelievable story of Vanzetta planting surveillance into the home of her lover to see if he was having an affair with a former partner who he claimed to be his “religious advisor.” Never shying away from self-exposure or the experience of the mundane, sordid and laughable, Vanzetta is steadfast in her own reflection and shines a bright light on the couple’s intimate life. A centerpiece of this series is a short film of the artist talking on the phone to a friend about the secret relationship she has uncovered through her surveillance. The core of her work pushes her audience to think more about the way in which, particularly in the UK, the way in which society is under surveillance explodes traditional notions of privacy and exposure.
It is No Measure of Health to be Well Adjusted to a Profoundly Sick Society (2012)
Multi-media installation including cut up video
Still image courtesy of the artist, London.
RJH Berland, New York