A Letter to Eternity
Migration is at the heart of civilisation and the cycle of perpetual and eternal change. “One”, A Letter to Eternity, both film, spatial installation and film sculpture, reflects a lyrical expression of life, vividly invoking the magnificent dynamic feeling with which the universe incessantly vibrates.
In the nation states of the Mediterranean basin and the hinterlands, an entangling ‘Odyssean’ gaze creates yet another tale of Land peoples and Sea peoples, journeying since centuries in a quest for eternity. A cartography of concealing, unveiling, nurturing, forgetting, remembering, healing and letting go. Going through fierce transformations and turmoil, living in present times, evoked and told by locals living today on the Phoenicians historic route; be they heroic or tragic.
Inspired by Greek tragedy, archaeology and the Phoenicians’ ancient maritime routes, connecting the Levant with the southern coast of Anatolia (former Troy) to neighbouring South Europe and North-Africa, the idea and research took shape during my artist-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan, from March 1st – June 1st 2016, in affiliation with the Mondriaan Fund in The Netherlands.
“One”, A Letter to Eternity, is intended to be developed and realized the forthcoming year.
Stills filmrushes, a first study for ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2016, Lebanon). Directed by Ilse Frech. Cinematography and Camera: Talal Khoury and Ilse Frech. Music: Tony Elieh and Sharif Sehnaoui.
Stills filmrushes, study for ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2018, Tunisia). Directed by Ilse Frech. Cinematography and Camera: Ilse Frech. Cast: Najwa Miled. Poetry: Samir Farhani.