High Line Art presents Yuri Ancarani’s video IL CAPO (2010), a documentary following the foreman of the most famous marble quarry in the world in Carrara, Italy.
Yuri Ancarani is a filmmaker whose work combines documentary film aesthetics with graceful, hypnotic cinematography. In his film IL CAPO, Ancarani captures il capo (the chief) as he elegantly conducts giant machinery to extract massive slabs of veined marble with a series of hand gestures. Filmed in the backdrop of the Apuane Alps in Italy, the video offers a mesmerizing juxtaposition between the sheer inaccessibility, booming noise, and danger of the quarry itself and the delicate, balletic movements of il capo.
Runtime: 15 minutes
Yuri Ancarani, IL CAPO, 2010 (still). Video, color, sound; 15 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Zero…, Milan