Roberto Cuoghi: Šuillakku
ICA, London / October-November 2008
The main element in Roberto Cuoghi’s exhibition was an immersive, evocative sound installation filling the ICA’s lower gallery. To make the work, entitled Šuillakku, the Italian artist undertook an imaginative journey back to Mesopotamia in the seventh century BC, when the Assyrian empire was falling into ruin and the city of Ninevah (the site of which is in modern-day Iraq) was ransacked by its enemies. Inspired by Assyrian lamentations to their gods, this intense aural landscape gave the visitor the impression of being surrounded by hundreds of people at a time of great suffering.