Sweeping actions no #1

2017

Framing as choreographic moments, the sweeping and walking actions of the cleaning and security staff inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid – such an extraordinary space in an incongruous place –  Sweeping Actions no #1 juxtaposes the timeless gleaming white hallways and floors of the space with the slow, repetitive and uninspired movements of the working staff that seemingly aimlessly, walk back and forth across the building during opening hours. Defining their walks as lines’ drawings in space, Emanuele channels these movements as if there was a stage they were rising on.

Sweeping Actions no #1 has been made after a residency at Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2014; it has been included in A History of Drawing, an exhibition at Camberwell Space that charts the history of teaching and making of drawing at Camberwell College of Arts curated by Kelly Chorpening.