Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Se Souvenir de la Lumière | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Musée national Pablo Picasso - Vallauris

The video diptych presented here, entitled Remembering the Light, was created in 2016. With a restrained dramaturgy, the images develop a double narrative. Five characters dive and let themselves go down, evoking the uncertain fate of those who cross the seas. In these depths a submerged city appears, evidence of war, such as military vehicles and others strange ruins. On the parallel screen, a multi-coloured scarf, plunges slowly into the water.
The images in dialogue invite the exploration of a singular field of perception: in the sea depths, the spectrum of colours shrinks to complete darkness. The colours change and disappear one after another: first the red, then orange, yellow, green and finally blue, before complete darkness, black. The divers" coloured clothes, the rainbow scarf which has fallen in the water, thus lose the vibrancy of their hues as they sink and reveals its luminescence.

Musée national Pablo Picasso
La Guerre et la Paix

Place de la Libération
06220 Vallauris


 

The video diptych presented here, entitled Remembering the Light, was created in 2016. With a restrained dramaturgy, the images develop a

 

double narrative. Five characters dive and let themselves go down, evoking the uncertain fate of those who cross the seas. In these depths a

 

submerged city appears, evidence of war, such as military vehicles and other strange ruins. On the parallel screen, a multi-coloured scarf,

 

plunges slowly into the water.

 

 

These images in dialogue invite the exploration of a singular field of perception: in the sea depths, the spectrum of colours shrinks to

 

complete darkness. The colours change and disappear one after another: first the red, then orange, yellow, green and finally blue, before

 

complete darkness, black. The divers? coloured clothes, the rainbow scarf which has fallen in the water, thus lose the vibrancy of their hues as

 

they sink into the abyss. But if the submarine depths are illuminated, the plankton remembers the light and reveals its luminescence. Turning

 

its back on a literal interpretation, the poetry of the images thus questions our perceptual habits. Nevertheless, the latent tragedy is

 

interrupted by a re-ascent towards the light, a salutary impetus towards the surface.

The video diptych presented here, entitled Remembering the Light, was created in 2016. With a restrained dramaturgy, the images develop a

 

double narrative. Five characters dive and let themselves go down, evoking the uncertain fate of those who cross the seas. In these depths a

 

submerged city appears, evidence of war, such as military vehicles and other strange ruins. On the parallel screen, a multi-coloured scarf,

 

plunges slowly into the water.

 

 

These images in dialogue invite the exploration of a singular field of perception: in the sea depths, the spectrum of colours shrinks to

 

complete darkness. The colours change and disappear one after another: first the red, then orange, yellow, green and finally blue, before

 

complete darkness, black. The divers? coloured clothes, the rainbow scarf which has fallen in the water, thus lose the vibrancy of their hues as

 

they sink into the abyss. But if the submarine depths are illuminated, the plankton remembers the light and reveals its luminescence. Turning

 

its back on a literal interpretation, the poetry of the images thus questions our perceptual habits. Nevertheless, the latent tragedy is

 

interrupted by a re-ascent towards the light, a salutary impetus towards the surface.

The video diptych presented here, entitled Remembering the Light, was created in 2016. With a restrained dramaturgy, the images develop a

 

double narrative. Five characters dive and let themselves go down, evoking the uncertain fate of those who cross the seas. In these depths a

 

submerged city appears, evidence of war, such as military vehicles and other strange ruins. On the parallel screen, a multi-coloured scarf,

 

plunges slowly into the water.

 

 

These images in dialogue invite the exploration of a singular field of perception: in the sea depths, the spectrum of colours shrinks to

 

complete darkness. The colours change and disappear one after another: first the red, then orange, yellow, green and finally blue, before

 

complete darkness, black. The divers? coloured clothes, the rainbow scarf which has fallen in the water, thus lose the vibrancy of their hues as

 

they sink into the abyss. But if the submarine depths are illuminated, the plankton remembers the light and reveals its luminescence. Turning

 

its back on a literal interpretation, the poetry of the images thus questions our perceptual habits. Nevertheless, the latent tragedy is

 

interrupted by a re-ascent towards the light, a salutary impetus towards the surface.