Katia Bassanini | the artist
The artist Katia Bassanini
Born 1969, Lugano, Switzerland.
Died 19 July 2010, New York, USA.
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Her latest film The Counterfeiters (2008) unrolls three womens successful endeavors in starting and running their own business. The entrance sequence of the video reveals the initial motivation for the women to becoming active in this sense: we can identify a young, uncombed bride hysterically frazzling her pillow, the explicit commodity for recovery but implicit symbol of paternalism over the female body. The fervor of the scene is reminiscent of John Cassavetes A Woman Under the Influence (1974) with the wonderful cast of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands as a married couple with ambiguous feelings for each other, where the viewer is left in feeling uncertain about the housewifes influencer, whether it is her husband, her life at home with noisy kids, or some kind of mind sickness…
Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Switzerland, France, and Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include The House in the Woods, Galerie Laurin, Zurich, Switzerland and Casual Friday, MLAC Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporaneo, Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. She received a visual art diploma from ESAV, Geneva, in 1996.
A Soldier's Lust