VALERIO BERRUTI’S La Figlia di Isacco, Italian Pavilion
A review by Helen Nisbet
The Arsenale was a totally different experience – room upon room one after the other of art, each room so separate from the other. Amongst some astonishing human sculptures rooted into and carved from trees a film was playing that kind of killed me. Berruti’s La figlia di Isacco was a series of images of a child shuffling around on a chair, restless or showing off I wasn’t sure. The most wonderful music played and I was immediately reminded of a late 1970s kids TV short which could have been on Sesame Street. It was totally wonderful and struck me with it’s melancholic, aching depiction of fragile youth. Other highlights of the Arsenale were Bestué/Vives’s amazing Dadaist film “Aviones en casa” which reminded me of a very good episode of the Young Ones, and the breathtaking Ttéia by Lygia Pape which sent us home in a spin.