Eleonora Roaro


Born in 1989 in Varese (IT). She studied Photography (BA – IED, Milano), Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (MA – NABA, Milano) and Contemporary Art Practice (MA – Plymouth University, UK). Her practice involves mainly images in motion, with a particular focus on video and archaeology of cinema.




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Vanishing Point, 06'24",
Silent, 2019
Robert Smithson’s earthwork “Spiral Jetty” (1970) is located at the Rozel Point peninsula on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, Utah. This place, characterized by rose-colored shades, contains deposits of oil that had been subjected to unsuccessful drilling attempts for decades. The art installation had been underwater for thirty years; nonetheless, as stated by Geoff Dyer in the book “White Sands”, visitors kept going on the site. In 2002 a drought revealed the work again, and from that moment it has been mostly visible. In the video-performance “Vanishing Point” the camera is positioned next to the last stone of the Spiral Jetty. From that point, the artist walks towards the lake until she disappears in the water, as had happened to Smithson’s work for a long time. The distance covered is an anthropometric form of measuring of the on-going process of desertification, climate change and entropy. The title refers to the chapter in Jean Baudrillard’s “America” (1986) dedicated to the American deserts among which he describes also Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake. “The unfolding of the desert is infinitely close to the timelessness of film”, he states when he describes the unreal and abstract atmosphere of these solitaire and empty landscapes.

7 channel video
HD, 16:9, 2016

The project “00:00:01:00” is an installation of seven video-performances that last one second. The title refers to the timecode used in video production and film making, which technically corresponds to hours, minutes, seconds and frames. In each video the artist bursts a balloon with a needle in different prehistoric sites in Cornwall, suggesting the idea of ephemerality and fragility. This is a metaphor for geological ages: it has taken many years years for our planet to transform and grow and in just one second we are destroying everything. It links to discussions concerning the Anthropocene, an epoch characterized by the global impact human activities have had on the Earth’s geology and ecosystem.

Single-channel video
HD 16:9, 1’50”
Loop 2015

In the video-performance “Naked Lunch” the artist, in a joyful and dreamlike atmosphere, stages an imaginary lunch: she eats alone without caring about the very act of eating, so that she does not even realize that her dish is empty.
Most of our daily actions are meaningless and mechanical; we are deceived that what we do can nourish us, but it is rarely like that. In few moments of awareness we realize that our food does not exist, but we lose soon our clarity of thought. Everything repeats eternally and the rewind remarks that it is all fictitious.