Video-Sound Installation 10 min. 4K

Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles | France 2021


Curated by Danielle Igniti, supported by Lët'z Arles asbl, Centre national de l'Audiovisuel,

Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, Fondation Été du Luxembourg

Everything originates in the sea and everything returns to it : it reflects, at one and the same time, the image of life and that of death. It is through the sea that one crosses into the other world. The water draws pleasure from the divine property of giving and taking back life. It designates the current century ; some drown in it, others cross it.

Jean Chevalier, Alain Gheerbrant : Dictionnaire des symboles, mythes, rêves, coutumes, gestes, formes, figures, couleurs, nombres, 1969, Éditions Robert Laffont, S.A. et Éditions Jupiter, Paris

The title of the video and sound installation HAVEN refers to the place of desire – Sehnsuchtsort – the place of arrivals and departures, where welcome and refuge should be possible. This place, of course, is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The inversion, the projection of waves on the ceiling, which take the place of clouds, plays with our perception and functions as a ‘mise-en-abîme’. We expect the sky, we want to enter the gates to paradise, then we see the sea which brings us back to the brutal present and to the incessant drowning of people in search of protection and survival. The slow movement and repetitive sound reinforce the idea of a tragic fate from which one cannot escape. HAVEN draws its references from mythology and the history of art and creates an iconographic link to human sacrifice. HAVEN questions time, the absurdity of life, but also our desire for light and life.

HAVEN  | Videosound Installation | Chapelle de la Charité | Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles

France | 2021 | © Romain Girtgen

© Romain Girtgen

HAVEN  | Videosound Installation | Konschthal Esch | Luxembourg | 2021

© Romain Girtgen