Freedom of Movement


Video, HD, 29′, stills and trailer

Evoking the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila conquered the African continent’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and a symbol of the Africa that was freeing itself of colonialism, Fischer & el Sani have recontextualised amidst Rome’s controversial rationalist architecture, a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to their freedom of movement. Fischer & el Sani are examining the complexity of ideological, political and architectural implications of Bikila‘s 1960‘s Olympic gold medal run to this day.

colonial heritage, fascism, italy, monument, refugees

Nina Fischer / Maroan el Sani

The Berlin-based artist duo Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani have been collaborating on their interventional and situationist art practice since 1995. Their investigations revolve around moving images as both impartial documents and involved narrations of our changing societies. The main  protagonists of their projects are often urban spaces that bear the burden of collective memory, upon which the forces of historical transition and turmoil have been engraved. The artists’ poetic-filmic and performative investigations of these sites tackle the idea of revisiting blind spots in contemporary society through their artistic reanimation of such places.

International art exhibitions they have participated in include Manifesta 13, Marseille 2020, Videonale, Bonn 2019, Media City Seoul Biennale 2014, 2012, Aichi Triennale 2013, Istanbul Biennial 2007, Gwangju Biennale 2008, 2002, 1995, Sydney Biennale 2002, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Berlin Biennale 1998. Solo exhibitions include Edith Russ Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg 2019, Maxxi Museum, Rome 2017, K21 – Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Hiroshima, 2010, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam 2007, Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo 1998.



Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, 2018, HD, colour, stereo, 29'50'', still

Freedom of Movement