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(Sep 22, 2009)
This short film is a meditation on the emotive and material architecture of the abandoned as evoked in the writing of the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo. Filmed on location over a four-year period in the deserted villages, public buildings and houses of the Spanish Pyrenees and the Alpujarra mountainous district of Southern Spain, the film explores that space of the human heart shaped by the departure and disappearance of the people and things of this world. Poems by Cesar Vallejo and Pablo Neruda, read with exceptional virtuosity by the late Chilean video artist Juan Downey, provide the narrative score to this poignant and evocative work. The images and the hauntingly voiced text both speak to the concepts of loss and departure and alternate between the natural surroundings and the architectural or constructed world. The camera scans the landscape in streaming smooth glides, taking in abandoned buildings, ruins, and the scattered detritus of cast off habitation. The artist skillfully employs a numinous and ethereal technique of match dissolves providing a kind of electronic armature for the phantasmagoric transformations and shifts of time and space that propel the work. The title is extracted from the opening poem from the writings of Cesar Vallejo.
On this rainy night, already far from both of us, all at once I jump . . .There are two doors. Swinging open, shut, Two doors in the wind, back and forth, shadow to shadow - sombra a sombra