la tombola

  • 2014 - 2015
  • Pellestrina, Venice Italy
  • Multimedia Installation,8 photographs,Sound Installation,Film

La Tombola is an audiovisual installation which combines a documentary film with a series of photographic portraits.

The film La Tombola describes life on the island of Pellestrina through interviews with local residents and it concerns many relevant social and political subjects. The interviews are combined with sequences of the game La Tombola in which numbers are called out. The rough voices of participants mark the layout in the film, while a unique ambiance is created as the game is merged with interviews on political, social, cultural, and economic issues of the small island. The idea of La Tombola is to convey a comprehensive image of Pellestrina. Short stories and conversations are woven with the game, and highlights changes that have occurred over the years. Throughout the game several social aspects are approached, such as, entertaining, socializing, aging and the movement of time.

When talking about the future of Venice, the first topic is usually flood danger, yet the real problems lay in the fact that within two generations many social urban structures will die out. On Pellestrina the young people move to the mainland while an over aged population remains. This has become both a reality and a disturbing social phenomenon.

Tombola Players
Rosa Scarpa, Maria Scarpa, Vittoria Vianello, Nives Vianello, Arcangiola Ghezzo, Annamaria Ballarin, Teresa Campolonghi, Stefania Ghezzo.

Team
Virginia Francia, Interviews, translations and assistance.
Enrique Muñoz García, Concept, photographs and Video.

Audio
By Enrique Muñoz García


Trailer



reviews

"Tucked in an anteroom a little back from the water is one of my favourite works of the exhibition: Chilean, Switzerland-based, artist Enrique Muňoz Garcia’s documentary work, Tombola. The voices of the locals of the long and thin island of Pellestrina capture me. So does the way vignettes of interviews and stories string their lives together through the frame of the game Tombola, in which coloured counters, that look like multifarious Murano glass beads, are arranged on charts by women as numbers are called. Played in an empty school house, the game is an important part of the life of a community whose island protects Venice from the Adriatic, while its youth, and eventually its social structure, disappears. It’s the soundtrack that really brings this work to life, particularly the timbre and rough music of a drinking song I realise I have been hearing for a while. Once I have its source, and stop and watch, and translate it for myself, I am freely laughing at the joyful defiance and humour it embodies. Along with candid photographic portraits of some of its women, the entire work achieves an unexpected sense of spontaneous intimacy, as if we have passed the open door of a home and glimpsed the rich dynamics of the family gathered there.”

Jodie Dalgleish, EyeContact, 2015

"Der 1969 in Chile geborene Bieler präsentiert im Palazzo Loredan dell’ Ambasciatore vom 9. 5.–18. 6. sein Projekt «La Tombola». Die Ausstellung gehört zum Rahmenprogramm der Biennale. Im Fokus der Film- und Fotoarbeiten stehen alte Damen, die auf Pellestrina Tombola – vergleichbar mit unserem Lotto – spielen. Muñoz García hat ein Stück vom Aussterben bedrohtes Inselleben festgehalten.”

Helen Lagger, Berner Zeitung, 2015

"Enrique Muñoz Garcia beschreibt in seinem Kurzfilm «La Tombola» das Leben auf Pellestrina. Die zu Venedig zählende Insel hat ein demografisches Problem: Die Jungen ziehen aufs Festland, die Alten bleiben allein zurück.
Die Frauen spielen Tombola, wo früher die Kinder spielten, in einem ehemaligen Schulhaus. Viele Nachmittage in der Woche verbringen sie mit dem Spiel. Jede hat vor sich ein Brett mit Zahlen. Die Spielleiterin ruft nach dem Zufallsprinzip Zahlen auf. Die Frauen legen bunte Steinchen, Knöpfe, Münzen auf die Ziffern auf ihren Tafeln. Manchmal, wenn die Knöpfe und Münzen aus einem Brett eine Reihe ergeben, gewinnt eine der Frauen. Dann lachen und singen sie alle zusammen. La Tombola, das Spiel mit dem Glück, dient als Leitmotiv in einem Film, der mit Interviews und Landschaftsaufnahmen eine Insel ohne Jugend porträtiert.”

Alice Henkes, Bieler Tagblatt, 2015

"The women put “stones” in different materials on the corresponding numbers on their board. Laughing and the singing of popular melodies go along with the play, creating the so cheerful and yet touching
atmosphere that characterises Muñoz García’s documentary. The artist showed the film together with life-size photographic portraits of the women who played “La Tombola”. They became a double presence being both players and individual personalities, a mirror of Pellestrina in 2015.”

Annelise Zwez, Art Journalist, 2015

“The picture is highly narrative. One can see game- boards with handwritten numbers partly covered with glass beads of Murano, buttons, coins, or what ever served. The still life also tells us about the age of the players. Hands that have obviously worked, loved, and played for a long period of time can be seen, as well as reading glasses on the table.”

Helen Lagger, Art historian, 2015

“Además de la participación oficial con el pabellón nacional, Chile se encuentra presente con el trabajo de la arquitecta Cazú Zegers, quien diseñó el pabellón que curó el coreógrafo neozelandés Lemi Ponifasio. Por su parte, el artista chileno Rainer Krause presenta una pieza sonora en la exposición colectiva “Voces Indígenas”, como parte del Pabellón del Instituto Ítalo-Latinoamericano (IILA), mientras que el norte de Chile se vuelve protagonista del video instalación del afamado artista francés Christian Boltanski, con su trabajo “Animitas” y el fotógrafo chileno residente en Suiza, Enrique Muñoz García, presenta su instalación audiovisual La Tómbola.”

DIRAC Chile, Boletin N°53, 2015

exhibitions

  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia. Collateral Event / Jump into the Unknown / La Tombola
  • Palazzo Loredan dell’ Ambasciatore
  • Venice, Italy
  • 2015
  • Ammaraggio / Landing / Nine Dragon Heads
  • Casa Punto Croce
  • Venice, Italy

press

  • 2015
  • Bieler Tagblatt
  • Von Muscheln und bunten Knöpfen
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • Jump into The Unknown
  • Poster
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • Annelise Zwez
  • Nine Dragon Heads in Venice
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • Nine Dragon Heads
  • 20th Anniversary
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia.
  • Jump into the Unknown Catalogue
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia.
  • Official Catalogue
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia.
  • Press Release EN
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia.
  • Press Release ITA
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • 56 International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia.
  • Jump into the Unknown Invitation
  • [pdf]
  • 2015
  • Eye Contact
  • Nine Dragon Heads in Venice
  • [pdf]