VISTE FILM FESTIVAL | Het Bos, Ankerrui 5-7, 2000 Antwerp |
Sat. 24 FEB. 2018 | 20:30 |
Ria Pacquée is a keen observer of public life. In ‘As long as I see birds flying I know I am alive’ she collects recordings made in Paris, Kathmandu, Athens, Istanbul, Bruges, New York, Varanasi and Antwerp. By juxtaposing images of the sacred with those of a very earthly nature she undercuts the anthropological, scientific potential of her material - a disorienting strategy often used by Pacquée. Two recurring elements, clouds of drifting smoke and prowling birds, evoke a dreamlike and looming atmosphere which makes even the most common gesture appear like being part of an age-old ritual.