Things Fall Apart
What are these harsh and confusing times we live in? While marooned on the shores of a carpeted island I called home, I remembered the tale of Robinson Crusoe. My childhood memory of an exciting survivor’s guide to isolation revealed itself as a dark and gruelling tale. From unquarantined feelings of exasperation emerge the necessity to reinterpret this literary work and to weave into it, my desire to reach a sunnier place. However, my dreams of a tropical island and the tourist myths bestowed upon foreign lands are another dark tale, as complex and unredeemed as the journey once taken by Robinson Crusoe.
Wish you were here
The video work Wish you were here instils a tantalising dose of escapism at a time when holidaying and long-distance travel remain compromised.
Made during lockdown, this video is composed of a voice-over soundtrack that invites a sense of intimacy at a time when being close to others is impossible. Composed of a series of postcards, Wish you were here has a plaintive aura, alluding to time past and half-faded memory.
However, this video work also exposes the conventional tourist gaze. Without preaching, Wish you were here highlights the relationship between tourism and colonialism and teases out the issues at stake in postcard representation and the perpetuation of the myth of an exotic paradise.
Nine children, newly arrived in Germany, poignantly share their thoughts and feelings about their new and past lives.
The Waves takes us on a journey from urban to rural France unfolding the stories of three individuals born of Spanish Political Refugees. The recent turmoil in Europe has brought back memories of Spain’s own Civil war to those still affected by its emotional impact. .