Adoration (censored version)

Film Installation, Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, Venice, 2022

On 19 April 2022, LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival unveiled a permanent communal installation by artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (Marseille, France 1980) realised in collaboration with the inmates of the Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, an Italian women’s prison located in the former monastery of the Convertite.

Reversing institutional hierarchies, the inmates have briefed and commissioned Curnier Jardin to reshape the interior of the parlour of the prison, and to create a new film. Adoration, the film developed through collective script writing and the animation of the inmates’ drawings and self-portrait pictures, was premiered on the big screen of the permanent installation in the parlour of the prison. It will then travel to Centraal Museum Utrecht, which coproduced the piece, and LIAF2022, which will open in Kabelvåg on September the 3rd, 2022.

The redecoration of the parlour has been inspired by Black Narcissus, a 1947 British psychological drama revolving around the growing tensions and desires within a small convent of Anglican nuns who are trying to establish a school in the old palace of an Indian Raja at the top of an isolated mountain in the Himalayas.

Curnier Jardin’s project thus reveals a hidden history related to the Venetian monastery. Recent research shows that the parlour of the religious institution was used as a theatrical stage by the nuns who occasionally performed in front of their family members and Venetian authorities. Such carnival-like performances allowed the nuns to wear profane clothes and to suspend the social rules that forced them into a monastic life.

Film installation by Pauline Curnier Jardin
Commissioned and curated by
Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

Produced by LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival

In collaboration with
Centraal Museum Utrecht, Rio Terà dei Pensieri, Zuecca Projects, Casablanca Studio, DROMe, Ellen de Bruijne ProjectsChertLüdde

With the drawings of:
Igli,  Susie, Marianna, Lidia, Jennifer, Sara, Sabrina and Susanna

INSTALLATION | mural intervention for the parlor of the Casa di Reclusione della Giudecca, variable dimension
Production Manager: Vania Carlot with the precious support of Massimo and Giancarlo, Rio Terà dei Penseri
Wall painting: Casablanca Studio (Lorenzo Fasi, Alessandro Miotti, Arianna Marcolin, Pierluigi Scandiuzzi) 
Graphic Design: HIT

FILM | 8 min 56 sec, video, color, stereo
Production and Coordination Manager: Vanessa Saraceno
First Assistant: Martina Silvi
Animation and Design: Kryštof Kučera, Simona Koutna
Editing: Benni Atria
Music remix: Isaac Cugini, Antonio Giannantonio
Original Track: Real Miracolo (Rome)
Sound editing and post-production sound: Antonio Giannantonio
Canto: Le Suore Clarisse di Catania
Coro: Le Convertite, Susanna, Vania, Pauline and Mariana
Styling: DROMe
Subtitles: Chiara Siravo

Special Thanks: Dir. Immacolata Mannarella, Marta Colle, Margherita Inio, Elisa Caldarola and Dr. Christine Scippa Bahsin.