Pakistan / Duration 5m 55s / 2014
A group of six men decide to leave the physical space that they have come to occupy. Where they are or where they wish to go to, and what will they leave behind once they are gone, hang around them in empty space, unanswered. The men quietly stare into a distance – a distance that remains undefined, and only increases during the course of the narration. However, the narrative straddles movement, which the men produce, spawn and sustain through small gestures – folding up a cloak; lifting one’s burden. And as the narrative unfolds, and the sense of constant motion endures, the little gestures that the people make, become mere rituals that augment the continuing movement.
For “He whispered: I leave, and everyone I know leaves too”, I worked with people who were unskilled labourers, who treading the distant social boundaries of minimum wage, merely carry out support work in other contexts. People having no skills narrate my story, and get subsumed into the narrative itself. Thus, my work essentially rests between my narrative and their narration of it, on the one hand, and on the other, between the fiction that I conceived, and their reality as it was, and as it became.
I believe in observation, the activities which one performs on a daily basis, including the little movements and the tiny gestures, which accompany them. I am fascinated by the poetry of the unremarkable and the ordinary, which I interweave with my thought and idea, and try to familiarize my viewers with the inherent simplicity of my subject, and in doing so approach, engage, explore and address issues of larger and
far more complex import.
I view my work in the context of understanding my subjects. The process through which I conceive the idea for the art that I create is most important to me. I evaluate the things that I observe along lines of whether or not the situation that I am considering has enough strengths to carry my thoughts. I leave the situation itself open to interpretation, allowing for the viewer to draw on his or her own subjective contexts to construct his or her own meanings.
Outcasting: Fourth Wall (O:4W) is the first artists’ moving image festival for Cardiff, Wales. The festival commissions new site specific work and has regular screenings around the city and beyond.
O:4W is funded by the Arts Council of Wales Festival Fund and Cardiff Contemporary.
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