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Aldo Giannotti

Taxi Driver, 2010

exhibition period:

03. Juni - 26. September 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1977 in Genoa / Italy, lives in Vienna
www.aldogiannotti.com
 


Aldo Giannotti, »Taxi Driver«, 2010

© Fotosammlung Filmmuseum Wien

»TAXI DRIVER« © 1976, renewed 2004 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

 
Aldo Giannotti’s artistic work is marked by interventions in social living space. Elaborate manipulations of conventional situations, whether it is exchanging border signs or heating an exhibition space until it becomes painful, enable the expansion of the space of artistic action into everyday life, which is what is important to Giannotti.

The artist continues this practice with Taxi Driver. Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s classic film, a taxi driver from Linz is paid to have his hair shaved into a Mohawk. He goes about his daily work with this altered appearance. For the driver, talking with his passengers about his hair style, the film or the art project is neither prohibited nor expected. Cards are simply available in the taxi that indicate the concept and the exhibition, in which a large-format picture of the shaven-headed taxi driver hangs. In the film, the taxi driver played by Robert De Niro runs into social injustice in the metropolis of New York, which he opposes – through his rebellious appearance, among other things. The real Linz Taxi Driver will evoke associations with the film figure by his appearance on the one hand, but on the other will also draw attention to social contrasts. Personal encounters between people in the social fabric of a city are intensified and become part of an art work.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

 

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