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Double Happiness. 2014
Video, 75 min
Ella Raidel’s movie Double Happiness shows how, not far from Guangzhou, a replica of an upper-Austrian village is being built. This is, according to her, the outcome of a globalizing cinematic imagination and an omnipresent visual culture that ultimately will determine all our conditions of life and notions of reality. The specific story about the Austrian village raises many critical questions. Can we claim that the theme park is no longer a model but instead replaces reality and possibly even renders it superfluous? (Henk Slager)
© Still: Ella Raidel
Courtesy of 1st Asia Biennial &
5th Guangzhou Triennial,
Guangdong Museum of Art