“Was Here” is the remnant of who and what was before. As an séance is an attempt to communicate with spirits, these artists use the medium of video to explore family histories– real and imagined. The starting point is always a story–heard or read, recorded or passed down, observed or remembered. Through the passage of time, a recorded image takes ownership of a memory– either standing in its place or defining it anew. A story discovered through text requires that the image be conjured. A tale heard 1,000 times is mingled with the imagination of the listener– her mind’s wandering adding fantasy to what is “real” for the teller. Here we see what a re-telling brings to the table/fable/tradition/legend/illusion.
This 30 minute video set is playing on loop from 8-10pm in Tas Kafé.
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