Cesarco addresses his recurrent interests in repetition, narrative and the practices of reading and translating. Through various strategies, the show explores layers of references to personal and artistic influences, notions of the romantic, the construction of narrative and the experience of time.
The first work in the exhibition is Cesarco’s film Everness. Comprised of five chapters, the film includes a remake of the very last scene of James Joyce’s The Dead, a monologue on the meaning of tragedy, a breakfast scene and two songs. Everness addresses the revision of public and private history, while tangentially describing ideas typically associated with moments of youth: a first love, the loss of innocence and a somewhat naïeve, yet sincere, political conviction towards the real.
Index (a reading), 2008
The show also includes Cesarco’s most recent Index, part of an ongoing project of unwritten books that map the development of his interests, readings and preoccupations. This series has become a form of self-portraiture that unfolds over time. In Index (a reading) Cesarco again plays out his fascination with memory, history and forgetting.
Stage Direction / Establishing Shot, 2008
Stage Direction/Establishing Shot with much restrained means introduces and closes the show, setting a sentimental tone that tints our general viewing experience and lingers with the viewer back into the street.