Anita Sieff
Born in 1955 in Brennero (Italy).
Lives in Venice (Italy).
"Hai tempo per me?" ("Have you got time for me?"), 2010
Neon light, sound installation, 0:15 min.
Courtesy of the artist, Renza Brunello, Norbert Salenbauch
Love is inseparable from time. If love is the most obvious measurement of humanity then time is the most valuable thing in human's life. It is finite, after all. Spending time together is what we ask of our loved ones. And although this requests the most precious thing the other person can offer, it is at least fair because the lover will return an equally precious gift. Colleagues are relieved to part with each other after the end of a work day. Friends part without bitterness, since they look forward to the next meeting. And lovers never want to part. Thus the question of spending time together is basically a claim to the rest of your lover's life, but it also affirms your readiness to dedicate the rest of your life to your partner. With this in mind, within the context of love relationships the question "Have you got time for me?", is even more precise than the classic "Do you love me?". The first question incontrovertibly proves reciprocity, and the second simply expresses curiosity about the other's feelings. To put it differently, the question "Have you got time for me?" is simultaneously a question to oneself, a question about your readiness to give your life to another. However, it also asks "Who am I?" of whoever poses it. What will you eventually give to your lover by giving away your most precious gift? This is why the text of this question is written as if inside out in Anita Sieff's work: we can only ever read its reflection in a mirror in which we can see ourselves too. As the artist explains: "This question becomes associated with our own reflected image and unequivocally becomes something that we ask in order to interrogate ourselves about the possibility of stopping to give a closer and more attentive look at our innermost self".
artistic director of the project: Viktor Misiano
National Center for Contemporary Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
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