HEM OF MEMORY, a new moving image installation by Ettore Siracusa. Launch event and exhibition

You are invited to the launch of HEM OF MEMORY, a new moving image installation by Ettore Siracusa

Ettore Siracusa in conversation with Chris Luscri followed by Q&A with the audience

Live performance by cellist Katherine Philp accompanying scenes from the film IL CONTRATTO

Tues 18 Sept 2018, 6:30PM

COASIT, 199 Faraday St, Carlton, VIC 3053

Free event. Light refreshments served. RSVP: Eventbrite or paolo@coasit.com.au

Exhibition: 10 September-20 October 2018. Tue-Fri 10AM-5PM; Sat 12.30-5PM

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.


‘HEM OF MEMORY’ is a two-channel video installation that re-maps cultural, cinematic and personal histories of migration. The work forms part of Ettore Siracusa’s ongoing excavation and anatomy of Giorgio Mangiamele’s fea­ture length neo-realist migrant drama IL CONTRATTO.

Made in Melbourne in the early ‘50s, IL CONTRATTO is a social melodrama dealing with the loneliness and communal bonds amongst young, single Italians mi­grating to Australia with the promise of work. Mangiamele was unable to complete dubbing and post-production of the soundtrack, thus the film was left silent.

‘HEM OF MEMORY’ re-situates scenes from a video documentary interview with Halina Kisilevski (2008), the female lead of IL CONTRATTO, to­gether with reconfigured visuals from the archival film, spoken poetic text by author Hazel Smith, and a composed sound score - set inside a tailor shop in North Carlton.

A work of ghostly echoes, refractions and reconstructed remembrances.


Melbourne-based film and video artist Ettore Siracusa explores ideas of place, memory and migration. His body of work can be accessed at http://www.museumofmigrations.net

Chris Luscri is an independent curator and producer, based in Melbourne. His work is associated with experimental, expanded and essayistic modes of filmic practice.

Hazel Smith’s recent published works of poetry include Word Migrants and Erotics of Geography, three CDs of poetry and numerous multimedia collaborations. She has performed and presented her work internationally.