“One”, A Letter to Eternity
Migration is at the heart of civilisation and the cycle of perpetual and eternal change and the ‘condition humaine’. Today’s refugees are the new settlers: Carriers of Hope. “One”, A Letter to Eternity, both film and spatial installation – as well film sculpture, is a poetic quest and exploration of compassion across the Mediterranean Sea. A love letter to diversity in an eternal arena of mankind in perpetual movement, where habitants of the Mediterranean co-create a lasting imprint, a ‘living’ sculpture and a vivid blueprint for eternity.
Two-way flow of exile and belonging, “One”, A Letter to Eternity, 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 to South Europe, North-Africa and with the southern coast of Anatolia (former Troy), the idea and research took shape during a three month 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 during the forthcoming two years (2020-2022).
Stills filmrushes, a first study ‘ A Prelude’ 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.