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Mia Sanchez

Fists Full of Secrets

2019

Video, colour, sound

8:39min

Courtesy of the Artist

 

Starring: Costanza Candeloro 

Voice: Cassidy Toner

Sound: Manuel Schneider

 

A figure dressed in a leather-jacket and wearing sunglasses wanders through an urban setting. A female detective is the protagonist of the video Fists Full of Secrets, 2019, created by artist Mia Sanchez for her first institutional solo exhibition Truths, Scoops, Consequences at the Stadtgalerie Bern. The dandy-like figure follows people, goals, and clues hidden to viewers. Whether the detective is also being followed remains unclear. She looks for things to react to in urban space that happen as she walks around, rather than for obvious cause-and-effect relationships. She is present, yet her stoic and mysterious autonomy defy conventional behavioral patterns. She moves out of sync with the time that structures everyday urban life. Her motivation is not the restoration of a social order after being unsettled by a possible crime. The video, presented in a continuous loop, elongates and makes permanent the moment of open-ended wandering. 

– Luca Beeler