This film installation is a result of my art residency in Hastings (GB,) and Dunkerque (F), as part of Ici et là – Here and there en Les Grands Magasins, a trans-border and international art project that invited 1 artist of 7 port cities of Europe for Dunkerque 2013 (DK13, Capitale régionale de la culture). On that occasion I made two film installations, each part of my project that was inspired by the migration from France to the UK. This extreme situation of refugees and asylum seekers hiding themselves and trying to cross the Channel on one side, and yet arrived on the other side, presented me with an opportunity to continue with the ongoing process to intimately investigate the complex relations that people maintain with objects, identity and loss, fragility and (in)stability. The other film is ‘No words’.
This film contains images of the sea, on a fishing boat and from the coastline, combined with interviews of the fishermen and the migrants and was partially projected on an ice cube.
The water, in the form of ice, seems to become more of a material object, but an object that can enclose, in the same way as a force of energy or a simple bottle. But in the meantime it is a black shadow in the middle of the projection on the wall behind it, where it continues to appear as a gap.
I spoke with local immigrants about their experiences of displacement. The reality of their lives contrasted sharply with the traditional lives of the local fishermen; with their roots deeply fixed in one place; their old traditions and dealings with the sea, and all the objects they need for their way of life.
Through this residency in Hastings I explored several questions from two contrasting perspectives: The fact of losing (things) and going to a new (life) in contrast with traditional stability and permanence of having (things).
Exhibition in Ici et Là/Here and there in the Stade Hall, Hastings (UK), 6/9/13 – 6/10/13
and in La Plate-Forme, Dunkerque (FR), 1/12/13 – 15/12/12: