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Fabulae Romanae
Filmed performance by
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2012

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Filmed and edited by David Bickerstaff
Poetry by Mario Petrucci

HD video | 16:9 | 29 min

Fabulae Romanae is a symbolic excursus across the city of Rome through the eyes of a series of ethereal Spirits who draw from archaeological and historical research Lucy + Jorge Orta conducted in Rome and observations on the cultural and social map of the city. As the film unfolds, these contemporary sentinels silently take over the city: we encounter the Traveler under the Castel Sant'Angelo bridge and in the Trastevere back streets; the Observer overlooking the Sacro Cuore dei Monti and the Isola Tiberina; the Tunneler and the Myth Maker in the Villa Gregoriana Park; the Flying Man, Chariot Rider, Memory Man, Bale Maker… all reflected through the verses of a narrated poem written by Mario Petrucci that was commissioned by the artists for the film.

Fabulae Romanae is commissioned by Ermenegildo Zegna and is the first Special Project of the initiative ZegnArt, a multi-faceted and multi-year project dedicated to the field of contemporary visual arts. To close the exhibition Zegna will donate a sculpture to the MAXXI’s permanent collection.

Fabulae Romanae has the support of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and has been made possible with the assistance of alumni from the College: Chloé Gayet, Mio Jin, Lara Torres, Oliver Ruuger and Sum Yu Li.



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