LIGHT DISPLACEMENT »
30/11, 1 & 2/12/2018 – 12:00 > 18:00
KANAL – Centre Pompidou
video / 4'20" / HD, sound, colour (2018)
The starting point for this film are Meggy Rustamova’s numerous attempts to photograph a tree in Hiroshima, Japan. The audiovisual trip highlights aspects of the imagination through photography, film and sound. Today’s nuclear threats and wars are translated into the white, overexposed photos, which turn into a complete ‘white-out’.
Although the place where the photographs were taken is weighed down by the history of the atomic bomb, this act of capturing a simple tree is an expression of the reconstruction and modernisation of a once devastated landscape. This ‘banal’ tree could actually stand in any country and thus embodies the universal character of a landscape in this world.
MEGGY RUSTAMOVA studied at KASK (Ghent), the University of the Arts (Berlin) and HISK (Ghent). She develops an interdisciplinary oeuvre of videos, installations and performances with a deep poetic undertone, and has exhibited at the Brakke Grond, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tallinn Art Hall, Beursschouwburg, Kunsthalle Wien, 6th Moscow Biennale and Salzburger Kunstverein, a.o. In 2018 she is artist in residence at Residency Unlimited in New York. Her works of art are included in the collections of Argos Centre for Art and Media, Belfius Art Collection, the Flemish Government and S.M.A.K.
By: Meggy Rustamova – Co-production: workspacebrussels