The Repossessed by Bernardo Zanotta
VHDG and WORM Rotterdam jointly present a new performance work by Brazilian artist Bernardo Zanotta. ‘The Repossessed’ departs from Djuna Barnes’ 1936 novel, Nightwood, a tale of love and obsession in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality dissolve before one’s very eyes.
Djuna Barnes’ characters are haunted by their own alliance with the night and its vices. In the story, we are confronted with Nora Flood’s journey in search of her lover, Robin Vote. Re-animating this historical text, an array of references such as pop music, feminist pornography and gothic horror are addressed on stage. The performance exposes the manifold universes of Nightwood in the form of a dramatic reading by three actors accompanied by video projections and discursive elements, such as ‘The (Re)possessed Issue’, a zine published by WORM and VHDG for the occasion. This project is the first of a series Zanotta has been developing on the closet drama genre (a minor category of plays intended for private reading) reconciling its double premise of queer secrecy and staging impossibility.
You can follow the making process of the piece during The Not For Profit Art Party at Pension Almonde.
performed by ~
Patricia de Janeiro Chaves
live sound by ~
filmed by ~
Silvia Ulloa Marquez
produced by ~
made possible due to the support of ~
Fonds Kwadraat and the Mondriaan Fonds
Bernardo Zanotta is a Brazilian visual artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He holds a bachelor degree in Moving Image from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where he is currently a fellow at LAPS (Lectoraat Art & Public Space). His films have been screened and awarded at festivals such as Locarno, Oberhausen, Queer Lisboa and Vilnius, amongst others, and streamed on platforms such as Kinoscope. In recent years, he has exhibited in art spaces such as Nieuwe Vide, SIGN, Hotel Maria Kapel, Stockholm Supermarket Artfair and PS Mirabel. He is a member of the artist-run film lab, Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam, and additionally collaborates with the production companies If You Hold a Stone (BR), Near/by film (NL) and Venin (FR).