© Roberto Santaguida, First Fifth, 2020
Roberto Santaguida, First Fifth
First Fifth is a fifteen-channel documentary installation where film clips, digital and analog video are intertwined. Relaying images filmed, found, or taken from family documents, the screens form a journey where each site is linked to the next. The places and daily episodes thus become unique destinations, bearing witness to memories and stories that are as singular as they are universal. The succession of archives generates a contemplative and nostalgic atmosphere where the multiplication of brilliant extracts of banality reveals the exceptionality of life.
Roberto Santaguida is interested in the links that unite and tear apart individuals, space, and time. The narrative and the fragmented images examine, like the game of appropriation of sometimes private contents, the exaltation of connections and affinities subject to the rise of technology.
Exhibition jointly presented by OBORO and Vidéographe as part of LUX – Résidence de création et de diffusion, an initiative of Main Film, OBORO, PRIM and Vidéographe with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been screened in more than 300 international festivals around the world, including the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark), Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (Brazil), Transmediale (Germany) and The International Film Festival of Entrevues Belfort (France). He has taken part in various artist residencies in Iran, Romania, Germany, Norway, and Australia. He is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and the Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship in Germany.