Left shot, 1st recording:
It is generally true, that ruins do not have a homeland.
The shots from an “amateur’s video documentary” are images of a district that
no longer exists. Perhaps an uncommon shot that could correspond to any western city
unless the Arabic language was heard. Uncommon because our visual experience
has a variety of ways at its disposal to tell the truth.
The abstention, however, from the proximity of the direct historical experience
of “the fact” – surveying a war from afar - has been described by Susan Sontag
as “the quintessence of modern experience”.
Right shot, 2nd recording:
Marios, a fisherman in Ios island, is taking care of his boat. With absolute tranquility
for the “trivial” and the “daily routine”, we perceive time as a continuity that
does not get disturbed. The relation between the two parallel places points out
their contradictions and reminds us
of the precariousness of the daily routine and its a-historicity.
Middle shot, 3rd recording:
In the meantime, an excerpt from Kavafis’ poem entitled "They should have cared for"
refers to a crisis that turns people adrift to developments.
A dystopian recitation that reduces hazardously the spaces between the two narrations,
revoking a Messianic resolution.
Violence? Curated By Maria Maragkou
Caid Center, Athens
30 October - 30 November, 2013
Under Construction Group:
Maro Fasouli, Dimitris Foutris, Alexandros Laios
Narrator: Marios Mpouzalakos
Video Editing: Theodora Malamou