VISITE FILMFESTIVAL | Het Bos, Ankerrui 5-7, 2000 Antwerp (BE) |
24 FEB. 2018 | 20:30 |
Visite is a collage of political, experimental and documentary cinema. Twice a year, the collective De Imagerie invites makers to show their work alongside an inspirational film of their choice. By doing so, they set out to introduce local and nearby makers who address worldly themes in their artistic work. The films appear in different forms and vary in length, approach and time period.
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.