Sarah Pini, Ruggero Pini

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual products


ABISSO is a short experimental film developed in 2018 by Sarah and Ruggero Pini.
The material depicted in this video was recorded in 2007 and 2010 in Bologna (Italy) and in 2014 in Tenerife (Spain) as part of a larger project documenting Sarah's experience of illness. This video exploration applies a phenomenological approach and auto-ethnographic analysis to the experience of cancer.
ABISSO acts as a visual metaphor of Sarah's inner landscape during her medical journey. The underwater images depict the last dance Sarah performed with her original blood. Several months later she successfully underwent a stem cells transplant which radically transformed her body and immune system. As a performative act, ABISSO marks the acknowledgement of Sarah's deepest fear and the courage to embrace her fate.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Size2:38 mins
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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