GREEN DIAMOND

Rachele Maistrello

2018 - 2021

Green Diamond is a project conceived in Beijing between 2018 and 2020. Exhibited in China, Switzerland and Germany between 2019 and 2020, it was presented in Italy for the first time in 2021 at the Maxxi Museum and it’s among the winner projects of Gibellina call for projects 2021 and Circulations 2021. It is a work that plays with the liminarity between real and fiction, historical archive and science fiction. Green Diamond was a chinese hi-tech company whose purpose was to develop special microchips, capable of eliciting sensations in the human body related to the natural world. On 1998, the company hired the acrobat Gao Yue to test the GD sensors. Gao Yue and Li Jian Ping (a sensor-cleaning worker) had a relationship, which led Li Jian Ping to collect a large number of documents about Gao Yue's daily work at the company. Through the reconstruction of Li Jian Ping's archives, made up of analog photographs, invoices, videos and paper findings, Green Diamond tells a story using the criterion of historical reconstruction. The documents proves what has been constructed to create questions, to confuse about the credibility of the tale. The exotic is used to test the remnants of a colonial culture, in which the "far" place, is often relegated to an area where facts to be judged happen, without caring about what is unknown. https://greendiamond-beijing.com/, is a sort of labyrinth in which to immerse oneself through primary and secondary sources, while paper documents and photographs are set up in the exhibition space. The documentary and historical essence of the photographic document becomes a way to conceive a credible science fiction. The documentary and historical essence of the photographic document becomes a way to conceive a credible science fiction, which looks towards the past instead of the future.

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