The Winning Mummies

Performance: Milan City Center, 1999
series of paintings with performance, mixed media collages and acrylics
series of analogic photographs from screen with performance shootings
video: Le Mummie Vincenti (The Winning Mummies), 1999, Italy, colours, 8’55”  ed. 1+ 1ap, Master: VHS, PAL
videoinstallation: cardboard boxes, monitor, white painting, video
 
 
This is the first performance where LIUBA worked in real-life contexts, and the first project where the video becomes no longer  a documentation, but the necessary completion of the work, synthesizing people’s reactions to the performance, places and chance.
 
The winning mummy is a person who thinks to be socially successful and winning, but his life is completely suffocated by prisons of duties, conventions, hypocrisies and stress. The result is a person that in his depth is dead like a “mummy” but mostly doesn’t realize it.
The aim of the performance, in which LIUBA walks through the daily-life streets blocked in two big boxes is to show in a visibile way our invisibile daily life compressions and prisons, arising in people reflections and counsciousness about it.
 
The deep roots of this projects begin from the consciousness of the emptiness that grows in our cities, always more homologated in a way of life devoted to appearance, business and superficiality. In the middle of the crowd it’s easy to perceive many people really sealed and tied in life-style boxes, always busy for unuseful conquests.

The winning mummies. Still Life, 1999-2001 cibachrome on aluminium from shootings of performance on screen, cm 70x100 ed 6+1 The winning mummies, videostill, 1999 The winning mummies. Tunnel, 1999-2001 cibachrome on aluminium from shootings of performance on screen, cm 70x100 ed 6+1

PROJECT POEMS

 
 
Some of LIUBA poems which are part of the project:
 
 

Le mummie vincenti (The Winning Mummies)

 
Ascolto il brusìo del traffico e spio
le mille vite danzanti
che annaspano sugli oggetti
respiro l’ansia
il vuoto e la morte
dal volto incartapecorito
di chi crede
di essere arrivato
perchè ha.
Guardo gli occhi inespressivi
corpi come impalcature
che si assimilano ai palazzi
gli orgogli falsi di chi arriva
e il trionfo di chi c’è già.
Nudi scafandri
gusci di granchio
dove succhiata è ogni polpa
ragnatele sul niente che corrono
soddisfatte di sè.
Annuso gli angoli dei loro
passatempi
annuso i ritmi dei loro
divertimenti
e una pista di morte
arriva gelata
la vita è sparita
nel pieno della festa.
 
 

Povere anime

 
Dove andate povere anime
Dove andate povere anime
Rinchiuse negli ospedali
Dei vostri scaffali ordinati
Costruiti in fila
Da dove non potete
Uscire se non dai sensi
Unici in precedenza
Programmati?
Dove andate tra un vicolo e l’altro
Della ragnatela di plastica appiccicata al vostro cervello?
Sperate che venga un terremoto
Povere anime poco pulsanti
Che distrugga le vostre sicurezze di carta
Per poi
Forse
Rinascere
 
 

Sudari di umanità

 
Sudari di umanità
Intasano le strade
Caotiche formiche
In eterno movimento
E in caduca sfioritura.
Sudari di umanità
Intasano le città
Spolpati come granchi
Sui gusci della vita.
 
 

PAINTINGS

Spolpata è ogni polpa palpabile, 1999 mixed media collage, acrylics, performance acetate, oil pastels, on canvas, cm 50 x 50 Vagano le mummie vincenti, 1999 mixed media collage, acrylics, performance acetate, oil pastels, on canvas, cm 50 x 50 Nudi scafandri, gusci di granchio, 1999 mixed media collage, acrylics, performance acetate, oil pastels, on canvas, cm 50 x 50

“The project “The Winning mummies” has a multimedia character within which different media – a live performance realized in the middle of a city center, a videoinstallation,  paintings, poems – come together involving the audience and establishing a relationship of active complicity. 
The “winning mummies” evoked by the artist in several ways are those whose alleged victory is based on the closure in themselves ignoring others, tragic comedians of a story that reduces man to a mannequin..
 
(Roberto Vitali)

VIDEOINSTALLATION

The Winning Mummies, videoinstallation, carboard, white painting, screen, video, variable dimensions

VIDEO

 

The winning mummies is the first project in which LIUBA worked in ‘real life situations’, out of the artistic spaces. It is also the first project where the video becomes necessary, no longer as a mere documentation but as an artwork that summarizes the performance concept, the reactions of people, place, time, chance.

This piece has been performed in the center of Milan’s most crowded areas.