Taking place within a primary school threatened by closure, 'The Diadal' considers how the body is encoded within institutional architecture. The film draws upon classical horror tropes from film and video games, such as Silent Hill, abstracting familiar settings and adolescent totems to amplify hauntological qualities of school systems. Looming shadows capture distant childhood memories, phantoms rupture through corridors, and suddenly a bell chimes. Blackened atmospheres allude to a permanent twilight state where suspended leaves float beyond perceivable borders. Even windows are poorly-rendered stock images of school haunts, warping memory and time across a Lovecraftian continuum.
'The Diadal' by Hannah Rose Stewart is on view from April 18 to May 30 at the Non Playable Character exhibition by The Fairest, in collaboration with School for Curatorial Studies Venice