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I Am Not Legend (Io non sono leggenda) by Andrea Mastrovito | ICFF 2020



I Am Not Legend (Io non sono leggenda) by Andrea Mastrovito | ICFF 2020

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, in collaboration with ICFF, presents "I Am Not Legend" by Italian director, Andrea Mastrovito at this year's online edition of the festival, taking place Sunday, November 29 to Tuesday, December 8.  The film will be available as a complimentary screening on the ICFF festival screening platform.



Over 100,000 panels, obtained from all the frames of Night of the Living Dead (1968) by George Romero, printed in A4 dimensions, using white paint on each sheet so as to erase the presence of the zombies in the original film. The panels, which were digitized and re-edited later, emulate the new screenplay by Andrea Mastrovito, composed of references taken from approximately 100 renowned films, novels, and songs. As is custom for the artist, the imagery references span across the literature of Calvino and Primo Levi, the history of cinema with Apocalypse Now by Coppola and the more recent Joker, through to the music of the Beatles, Muse and R.E.M., to name a few, conveying the many levels that the film renders us, ranging from philosophy to pop culture.

I Am Not Legend is a work, 72 minutes in length, in which Andrea Mastrovito once again uses cinema to investigate the theme of identity and the relationship with the other: after the experience gained with NYsferatuSymphony of a Century (2017), I Am Not Legend is a revisitation that takes place with the erasure of the living dead from all the sequences and with the complete rewriting of the dialogues within the iconic 1968 movie. Introducing a new animation technique, the artist further explores his practice in which imagination and past works change context and are used as metaphor and parable about the loss of identity and historical memory of our time. The soundtrack was entirely created by renowned Irish composer Matthew Nolan with Stephen Shannon, except for the movie’s opening and closing music by Maurizio Guarini, bandmember of Goblin.

In 2019, the film I Am Not Legend, borne out of a project by Mastrovito with the support of the cultural association, Casa Testori, was awarded a prize at the 6th edition of the Italian Council program promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration (DGAAP) of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT). After its world premiere at Magazzino Italian Art (Cold Spring, NY) in August, the work was exhibited at the Palazzo Fabroni museum in Pistoia, Italy, where it became part of the permanent collection. The inauguration was an occasion to mount the artist’s personal exhibition Io Non Sono Leggenda, which runs until January 10, 2021, supported by all the involved institutions beyond the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums (AMACI).


Andrea Mastrovito is a New York-based Italian multi-media artist.   He received his MFA in 2001 from Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo. He won the New York Prize, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 and the Moroso Prize in 2012. He has installed solo shows in private galleries in Milan, Florence, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, New York and in museums and centres of contemporary art in Milan, Bergamo, Fort Lauderdale, Toulouse, Rome, Florence, Montélimar and Lacoux.  In 2011, he was the first artist to have a solo show at Museo del Novecento in Milan.  His works have also been included in many public exhibitions across Europe and the United States - MAXXI National Museum of the 21st century and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Pecci, Prato; MART, Rovereto; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; B.P.S. 22, Charleroi, Belgium; M.A.D., New York.  He has held public talks at Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Naba, Accademia di Brera, Museo Pecci and Spazio Oberdan in Milan, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the American Academy in Rome, Museum Nitsch in Naples, Pavillon Blanc in Colomiers, Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, ISCP and the Italian Academy at Columbia University in New York.  He has been commissioned for many public installations, and his works have been acquired by dozens of public and private collections in Italy, Europe and the U.S.A.


Date: Da Sunday, November 29, 2020 a Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

In collaboration with : ICFF - Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Entrance : Free