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Andrei Ujica’s ‘2 Pasolini’
It is always a stimulating experience to come across artists who are dissatisfied with their creations, because such frustration is the result of arrows pointing to a further direction. This is the case with Romanian director Andrei Ujica in his encounter with Pier Paolo Pasolini.

In the spring of 2000, Ujica was invited by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain to make a short film based on Pasolini’s documentary Sopraluoghi in Palestina per “Il Vangelo secondo Matteo” (Location Hunting in Palestine for the Film “Gospel of Matthew”). The short film was presented in Paris as part of the exhibition Le Désert in June 2000, but this left him unsatisfied.

Now, 20 years later – close to the centenary of the director’s birth – Ujica has taken up the project again, creating the current version of 2 Pasolini, making changes to the editing of the images, and also to the soundtrack. The title has several explanations: it refers to the fact that it stems from two films – Sopralluoghi and Il Vangelo – but also to the fact that the short film is intended to be a way “toward” (playing on the English pronunciation of two/to) Pasolini, building an intimate dialogue with him.

The work was presented as part of the exhibition Mondo Reale – curated by Hervé Chandès, general artistic director of the Fondation Cartier – at the Triennale in Milan, which brings together works that express the experience of the unknown as it is perceived in the world in which we live, among other things through the encounter with faith and the phenomena of nature. The power of faith and the power of nature are two elements that, in fact, emerge strongly in Ujica’s work. To engage with this short film is one way to dialogue with Pasolini and his inspiration.
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