A Spaghetti Western Musical Saga by Valentina Vella

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January 8, 2015 by Italians in Chicago

cavalloA recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media MFA program at Columbia College Chicago and an Italian in Chicago, Valentina Vella is presenting A Ride West – live.

The project began in 2012 when Valentina Vella became strangely obsessed with the idea of riding a horse across America.

The ride was attempted in the summer 2013 and it culminated in a long video piece which was first presented at the 2014 Interdisciplinary Arts MFA show at Columbia College Chicago.

While exploring the same themes – the American West as a repository of dreams and projections, the Hero’s Journey as a storytelling device, Jungian theories about the psyche, the heroic stance as an antidote to erotic longing – the work presented at Links Hall complicates the video’s narrative and is an opportunity to amplify its performative elements.

The show features a live band and live video editing and processing and it is presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.


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