Stefania Rossetti | Maelström
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About This Project


“Paris is a maelstrom where everything is lost, and everything disappears in this belly of the world, as in the belly of the sea.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

The installation created a relationship between the fantastical image of the Maelström (which Edgar Allan Poe described as the navel of the ocean, a pit connecting the ends of the earth), the surging effect of the water in a washing machine, and the confluence of the currents that make up the various cultures in Paris.

We created various correspondences between these elements, with the image of a whirlwind as our main theme. For us, it is an image rich in meaning, evoking the convergence of currents (languages, races, spaces, cultures, sounds, etc.) and representing the intense agitation of daily life, portrayed as if it were spinning in a washing machine, and, in a more general sense, as the movement of the city.

Images: Andres Davila and Bobbystone
Editing and Sound: Andres Davila
Dance: Stefania Rossetti
Presented to the Gallery De LÔ, Paris, 2014