Video with sound, 8min. 10 secs.
12 framed c-type photographs,
posters and plywood.
“Only finding one of the originals - whose name was Antinisca
Nemour - meant that most of the missing boys and girls were replaced
After the reunion she told us that she’d avoided being killed
in the film by asking to be excluded from taking part in the final
“…I made a piece in 1998 called 'Reunion:Salo' where
I searched for the 16 murdered adolescents from Pier Polo Pasolini's
1975 film 'Salo or 120 days of Sodom'. I was going to
stage a reunion party for them and expected to find maybe a third
of the original actors. I had a structure planned; it was going
to be quite elegant...Anyway, after three months I had only found
one of them. I was becoming worried. To cut a very long story short
I decided to stage the reunion with her as guest of honour and all
the others replaced with doubles. Afterwards, when she was leaving
I was thanking her for participating and was trying to think of
questions to ask her about her involvement in the original film.
I asked her finally how she was 'murdered'. She replied that actually
she had asked Pasolini if she could avoid this act and he had respected
her wishes. This was amazing. The one person who had reappeared
in the present had eluded her fictional death. I had to change the
piece completely having heard this response. It was both the worst
and best possible answer to my search.”