The research and development of a body of video works in which drawings composed of ephemeral materials like tea or sand, dissolve and become new figurations. While in residency at the Camargo Foundation I experimented formally and conceptually on how ephemeral images can be moved, removed, distorted and modified.
This research culminated in a video composed of three realistic images drawn with tea leaves, two from archive photographs representing violence and one from a personal family photo album. Each image appears on screen slowly, particle by particle and stays quietly with the viewer. Suddenly the process is reversed and the image breaks piece-by-piece leaving nothing but an empty white screen. Each image is then followed by the next image in a continuous loop.
By using video as a canvas for these drawings, I subvert both the historical event and its photographic incarnation. I draw and redraw the image in an endless loop, inverting at the same time our power to destroy to that of our will to nurture. My objective is to interrogate a traumatic image with other images of peace from my childhood, which in turn become a silent monument. I urge the viewer to confront the various questions raised by the notion of what Georges Didi-Huberman called the
unspeakability of traumatic events, the
unrepresentability of horror, and using elements from history to theorize my own work.