The sequence of nostalgia is the sequence plan of an ablation ritual in a river. This video performance, shot at... Read More
The sequence of nostalgia is the sequence plan of an ablation ritual in a river. This video performance, shot at home in New Caledonia, is set in the context of research into the relationship between ritual and fiction, tradition and narration. Water, an element of life, representing in a majority of cultures and religions a necessary step for purification, is used here to shed the laterite layers deposited on my skin. For me, it is a matter of echoing existing rituals, while at the same time nourishing my own artistic typology around fiction. The soundtrack comes from excerpts from Kaneto Shindō's film "The Naked Island": a couple of farmers travel back and forth by boat between their arid land and the main island to seek fresh water. For me, there is a symbiosis between the noisy water caused by the paddles in the film, and the hands shedding their impurities at the expense of the river. This work highlights the beauty of the water, its sensuality and its preciosity. At the end, the water cycle resumes, symbolized by a rain that gradually blurs the image and restores its purity to the river.