The Lia Rumma Gallery in Naples is pleased to present the video-installation by Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini With the occasional rainbow visiting. By means of an installation which simultaneously show three different videos, the artists create a thought-provoking reflection on living conditions in Palestine and Israel. By hearing different voices, ranging from the Palestinian journalist Leila El Haddad, to the Israeli writer David Grossman and the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, combined with other sources of information such as blogs, newspaper and magazine articles and audio clips downloaded from the internet, the artists construct an imaginary dialogue in which different points of view, cultures and origins converge until they eventually overlap, displaying a shared existential condition. The themes of identity and relationships with others, which frequently occur in the work of the two artists, are addressed here through the description of daily life in a situation of conflict. By imagining the idea of exile as an existential condition, Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini have sought to explore the extent to which control and fear have changed our lives as well. In the central video, the black background – which is gradually marked by bullets – is transformed first into a starry sky until it slowly turns into the text of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The text is superimposed by images of Palestinian flowers – reproductions of drawings by the nineteenth century Swiss missionary Hanna Zeller – which appear and gradually disappear, leaving a ghostly white trace on the screen, as if the ephemeral beauty of flowers, in a dramatic context like the one described, simultaneously contained the essence of life and its own denial. The videos on either side show a visionary video collage in which the images, which are intended to contrast with the daily images of conflict provided by the media, take on an alienating, poetic quality. The book An incongruous beam of beauty over the Gaza Strip, published by Charta with a critical commentary by Emanuela De Cecco, will be presented at the opening.The video installation and the book form part of a larger project which also includes a theatrical performance which was presented in April 2007 at the Out Off Theatre in Milan.