Until the end

The video Until The End marks the beginning of a new thematic cycle, it doesn’t have a narrative, but it illustrates, thanks to a single moving image, a universal message which the artists have defined as the “condemnation” or “sentence to greatness”. On a black background, a ballerina strives to rise and to detach herself from the ground. The video shows only the detail of her feet as she attempts to go on point, barefoot. Such a primitive gesture is on the one hand symbolic of physical elevation and a metaphor for overcoming social context. The “sentence to greatness” for her comes to signify her ambition to attain beauty and power. On the other hand this image represents the attempt of a physical being to rise in a metaphysical dimension, where the body strives for the Light, the Infinite, the Spirit and for God. Until The End is also a contemporary transfiguration of the celebrated Degasian dancer, who has become an icon of art history through the power evoked by three essential characteristics: the circular motion around an ideal universal axis, the graceful and weightless ribbon which wraps the hair, and the gaze continuously turned upwards. Although not literally nor visually cited, in the Masbedo film we observe the ancestral obsession of a body caught in a circular and vertical movement, and the image of a young but tired body, a symbol of man’s resistance to the inevitable passage of time. Contrary to the image of a classic ballerina, with her toe shoes and her elegant posture, the dancer in Until The End is identified by the nudity of her feet, which have become gnarled over time. Her desperate effort to go on point is a gesture of sacrifice, because it entails both physical suffering and transcendence to a higher dimension, either spiritual, moral or aesthetic. With this imagery Masbedo propose a new model for the ballerina, wherein she is humanized and thus rendered alive and mortal.

Exhibition History

TANZ ES! / DANCE IT!, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kreichtal (Stuttgart), curated by Claudia Slanar, 9.04.2016 – 26.06.2016

Art Basel Film, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, curated by Li Zhenhua 15.03.2015 – 17.03.2015.

Les Rencontres Internationales. New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-Francois Retting, 01.12.2014 – 07.12.2014

Visioni contemporanee nella Certosa, Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri, curated by Alessandro Demma, 14.09.2014 – 12.10.2014