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Mark Lewis

Currently not on display
Acquired in 2011
Inventory number 2994

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Mark Lewis’ video 'Forte!' consists of a single sixminute recording without sound. We see the camera slowly probe a snow-covered mountain top in the Italian Alps. Like a menacing drone it descends towards a nearby nineteenth-century fortress ('Forte di Bard' in the Italian Aosta Valley). While the camera circles around the building and subsequently zooms out, we see inhabitants flee as if they are suddenly aware of a threat from above. What used to offer impeccable protection now appears to be completely vulnerable. In his work, Lewis researches how the environment influences human behaviour and how our awareness of it changes our self-image.