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Untitled (Extended Arguments)
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Runo Lagomarsino

The work is based on documentary footage from the 1973 World Cup qualifying football match between Chile and the Soviet Union, it repeats the goal scored by the Chilenian team during the match. What has caught Lagomarsino’s attention in regards to this match is a number of things. Firstly, it took place right after the September 11 military coup, where the democratically elected Marxist President Salvador Allende was deposed, and General Pinochet installed a right-wing military dictatorship that would last for 16 years. Secondly, it took place in the infamous Estado Nacional, a football arena in Chile’s capital Santiago, where thousands of political opponents were jailed, tortured, and executed by Pinochet’s junta. Lastly, the Chilenian team played against itself, as the Soviet team boycotted the event in protest against Pinochet’s regime. With no opponent, the Chilenian team ‘won’ the match.

Untitled (Extended Arguments) is a pertinent examination of the rejection and silencing of oppositional voices and the responsibility of fellow citizens towards such silencing. With his continuous looping of the goal, Lagomarsino illustrates the moment when all opposition has been silenced, and democratic deliberation is replaced by totalitarian monologue. Yet, the Chilenian football players play as if nothing has happened, as if their involvement has no consequence.

On one level, the work brings to mind the decreasing possibilities for civil disobedience and the unconstitutional incarceration of political prisoners after our September 11 and the subsequent War on Terror. On another, it questions what will be the effects of the shifting of the entire political spectrum to the right. With both left- and right-wing parties claiming the center of the political spectrum in the West, are we too approaching a situation where we have managed to silence ethnic, religious, and political others to get the final word?

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:30:13
Language English
Color BW
Year 2005
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About the artist

Runo Lagomarsino

Born in 1977 in Lund. Lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.

Runo Lagomarsino holds a BA from Valand School of Fine Arts (2001), a MFA from Malmö Art Academy (2003) and was at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 2007-2008. Lagomarsino’s exhibitions include: Imagine Action (Lisson Gallery, London, 2007), Heterotopias 1 st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, (State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2007), I want to be able to see what it is (Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2007, Ground Lost (Galerija Nova, Zagreb), This is no time for saluting flags (Elastic, Malmö, 2006).

Working in different mediums such as video, drawing, sculptural objects, and photography, his practice explores how today’s political and social environments have developed through different discursive and historical processes, which produce representations and metaphors from which we read and reread history and society. In different ways Lagomarsino´s work analyzes the tensions between universalism as a notion of inclusive humankind and the realities of colonialism and postcolonialism.

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