THERE IS A HAPPY LAND FURTHER AWAAY (20 mins, S16, col/b+w, 2015)
There Is A Happy Land Further Awaay (2015), captures the landscapes of the remote volcanic Republic of Vanuatu archipelago, before they were
devastated by Cyclone Pam in early 2015, the footage becoming a ghostly
document of an ecosystem now irrevocably altered.
A hesitant female voice reads a poem by Henri Michaux, recounting a life
lived in a distant land, full of faltering and mistakes. Island imagery of active
volcanoes, underwater WW2 debris, children playing, and wrecked boats
transform into intangible digital recollections of the island, made on the
opposite side of the world. Images of the eroded land merge with eroding film,
a lone figure on a boat drifts at sea.