Procession of Disappearance

2018, film Colour 16/9, duration 22’ min
Artist in Residence programme by Spazju Kreattiv, Malta.
Group project with Maria de la O Garrido, Lena Heubusch, Célia Hay, Candice Japiassu, and Stephanie Sant.

In the Procession of Disappearance we celebrate the ephemeral nature of fragile elements that we have foraged in Gozo during our two-week residency. We see disappearance as a part of the continuation of the island itself, for better or for worse. There are strong examples of where Gozo was at before – the thousands of fossils lacing the floors, the rocks and some benches are evident of its submerge past. These fossils, met with the overwhelming presence of plastic show how differing timelines overlap. The collective anxiety of such suffocating forces that are threatening our environment motivated the work we have created. These landscapes gave us a strong potential for creating our own mythology and narrative. It’s a mythology that we envisage as a more personal and poetic gesture towards this environment rather than by creating a dogma. We look at rituals as ways of connecting with the island. We thought about the processions, as they are very present rituals in the Maltese calendar. Through this performative act of walking, while enduring the strong gale we carried out an offering to nature. By filming the procession alongside the various rituals, we enable our project to branch out beyond the residency.

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