Lodovica Guarnieri and Lorenzo Gerbi


Lodovica Guarnieri is a freelance researcher and designer based in the Netherlands. Her practice-based research works at the intersection between design, history and politics, and uses design as means for both research and aesthetic elaboration. By addressing different scales from the smallest material components to the infrastructures of capital flows, she uses texts, videos and installations as poetic sleights of hand for unveiling hidden power relationships.

Lorenzo Gerbi is a freelance designer, art director and cultural producer based in Eindhoven. Since April 2015, he has managed the internal design studio and the education activities of Baltan Laboratories, a collaborative platform for alternative perspectives that looks at society through the lenses of art, science, design and technology.

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HD Video, 32’, with sound

Nabati is a video essay in four chapters exploring the colonial and neo-colonial relations underlying Australian national culture. In a patchwork of apparently mismatching elements, the four chapters draw attention on the unseen connections of Australia with the Arab and Persian worlds in the areas of sport, land, defense and borders. The Flemington Racecourse, which is the first racecourse of Melbourne and a symbol of Australia’s colonial legacy, offers the starting point for this exploration. The Emirates sponsorship of the Flemington Racecourse creates the context for the essay to further expose the ongoing dialogue with Arab elements that had underlined Australian national sovereignty since its beginning. Conceptually starting from the Flemington Racecourse, the tours are structured around different modern buildings in the city of Melbourne. By highlighting the tight relationships between Australia and the Middle East, the project questions the parameters that regulate the acceptance and rejection of what is depicted as foreign.

Realised with the support of the City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants Program, developed as a part of the KINGS Artist-Run 2016 project ‘Starting Point’ in Melbourne.


This work will be exhibited on Screencitybiennial.org, accessible 12-31 October 2017.

Image: Lodovica Guarnieri and Lorenzo Gerbi, Nabati (2016), HD Video, 32’, with sound, video still. Courtesy of the artists.