Mur d’en face (The Wall oposite)
is the wall that separates two spaces. It separates them, but more, it
creates them. It creates the very idea of territory. An obstacle to the
fluidity of movement, it denotes a frontier against which some are killed.
In this installation, the video of two children trying to climb a wall
is projected onto a painting. It then creates a gap between their game
and the danger of a deadly reality. It was also a question for me to work
the link beetween painting and video.The canvas, intentionally somber,
thus creating a image of movement and of ghostly bodies.
The soundtrack, meanwhile, is working on the musicality of language: testimonies
of fictional characters, and each speaks in the language of their country
of origin: Ahmed and Pablo are soldiers in North Africa (Ceuta), on one
side and another of the wall which separates Europe from Africa. Marika,
an old woman, lives in Mali Selmenci in Ukraine, facing the wall that
separates her village from Velké Slemence in Slovakia. The "two
tongue child" plays ball against the wall of Nicosia in Cyprus. Avi
and Abbou live in Jerusalem. Ulrich tells us how the Berlin Wall has been
crossed. And finally a young woman, who walks on the walls…
The space of this installation is flexible. Presented from 13 to 30 December
2006 at the General Paris, I created a specific scenario, which included,
among other things, writings on walls and a video (Magma) presented on
a monitor wrapped in plastic.
A project supported by the League of Human Rights and hosted in artistic
residence by laMétive, Creuse (Limousin) and La Generale (Paris).
the full text of the soundtrack (french)