BEN RIVERS

THERE IS A HAPPY LAND FURTHER AWAAY
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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.

selected exhibition

Earth Needs More Magicians, Solo show, Camden Arts Centre, London, Sept-Nov 2015
Islands, solo show, Kunstverein Hamburg, Apr-July 2016
CanoScan Toolbox 5