Eleonora Agostini

Scene n.1 (Man cutting the lawn) – One Must Imagine Him Happy series, 2018


12 minutes

Edition of 5, + 2 APs

“One Must Imagine Him Happy” is a series of videos portraying non-narrative domestic scenes characterised by the dryness of language. The videos give dignity to meaningful moments and familiar gestures. These are all documented by a stationary camera that records the beginning and the end of an action.

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In these works, Eleonora Agostini references the philosophical essay “The Myth Of Sysipus” by Albert Camus, “Sisyphus was punished for all eternity to roll a rock up a mountain only to have it roll back down to the bottom when he reaches the top. Camus claims that Sisyphus is the ideal absurd hero and that his punishment is representative of the human condition: Sisyphus must struggle perpetually and without hope of success. So long as he accepts that there is nothing more to life than this absurd struggle, then he can find happiness”.