1.-13. October 2020
Cable Factory
Opening on Thursday, 1. October, 6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Hours:
12 – 6 p.m. (every day)

Roberto Fusco

The Time We Weren’t There, 2020
Three synchronized-channel HD video
In this three-channel video installation, we observe empty town squares of Rome, each in a state of
lockdown. The typical scenes of daily life are erased while only the architectural structures of
civilization remain. Within the lonely solitude of these squares, ghostly traces of movement dance
across the screen, the choreography directing our gaze to witness the altered rhythms of a city.
For The Time We Weren’t There, Roberto Fusco has used footage from live webcams installed over
the town squares. These cameras are a resourceful tool in providing a way to connect to a unique place
from afar, yet it is also strange and uncomfortable to think that these cameras exist, having been put in
place to observe people when they don’t know they are being observed.
For the artist, the live feed enabled him to be part of, and remotely identify with, the situation and
public restraint in his country during COVID-19. The Time We Weren’t There references how we have
all been affected collectively by recent events. The memories and narratives that have emerged will
leave their traces in our communities, but in terms of the future, our paths are still unknown.