The Compassion For Goliath


Monica Paradela

HD Movie with sound

Duration: 03 min 50 sec. loop

16:9 Aspect Ratio, Stereo

Installation dimensions variable


A reinterpretation of the battle of David and Goliath causes the onset of this project. Compassion For Goliath gathers the metaphor of a military ceremony in front of a sixteenth-century chapel.

Monica Paradela has developed a linear narrative perspective between two parallel spaces, where day and night reinforce the gap between reality and fiction.

In the first space, a team of eight women between 20 and 40 years, and of different nationalities, are facing a battle against their own fears. The camera records 20 seconds of each face in the development of his thoughts. A strong military music fills the air.

After observing, one by one, the expressions on the eve of the battle, the camera takes us to a night scene where you see a way out in the dark and the music sounds far away. The scene is repeated in a loop.


Throughout history the Giants have built mental landscapes of horror and ugliness. Doing an exercise of piety for ourselves, clear identification with Goliath, a being sick, ugly and rejected, who must fight against the young and handsome David, chosen by God in the exaltation of the beauty lurks the fear of defeat human. Away from a battle between beauty and fealdadla, is a battle between the idea of the human and the divine.

Exhibited in the compemporary art platform ARTOUR-O Il Must, Firenze, Italy and The Accademia Delle Arti Del Disegno Di Firenze, April 2014.


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