“A society without strangers would be impoverished;
to live only among ourselves, constantly inbreeding,
never facing an outsider to make us question again
and again our certainties and rules, would inevitably
lead to atrophy. The experience of encountering a stranger–
like the experience of suffering–is important and
creative; provided we know when to step back.”
The distance from Syria to Germany is approximately 3,700 kilometres.
For refugees fleeing the civil war the journey can take weeks, if not months.
No one travels for thousand of miles, carrying children
if not for HOPE
2017- Cine Cycle, Toronto, Ontario
Globalization is the norm and mobility is becoming more
commonplace and expected. We move without difficulty,
and “relatively” freely around the world. We move for
exhibitions, jobs, to live somewhere temporarily, and at a
“click” have the mandatory understanding of cultural
customs before we even get there. But do we! And with all
of this dis-location how do we reconcile our own cultural
2014 – ISEA2014 Dubai, U. A. I-Video installation
thank you to Steve Mack and The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation
2015 International School Gallery, Cario, Egypt
2016 Zattere Cultural Flow Zone, Dorsoduro 1392 , Italy
The Round Of “The Video Art Nights” Female Video Artists and The War? Contemporary Legacies Of The 900 Wars And The Role Of Women In Preserving The Common Memory.
Artworks By Marina Abramovic, Natalie Vanheule, Vanessa Gageos,
Victoria Lucas, Estabrak Al Ansari, Anne O‘Callaghan
In Toronto all videos will be screened @ CineCycle January 28,
Video Art Day#War Remembrance event will take place many Italian and foreign cities from: Trieste, Gradisca d’Isonzo, Pordenone, Rome, Padua, Venice, Naples, Genoa, Treviso, Milan, Piran and Izola, to Toronto and Huston. In each city in Italy a different video, connected to the topic of the female perspective on war’s legacies will be projected.
Anne O’Callaghan (Canada) – Erasure, Vanessa Gageos (Romania) – BlackHole (not shown in Toronto), Nathalie Vanheuele – Burning Eyes, Victoria Lucas (England) – Conflict, Estabrak Al Ansari (Iraq / Oman) –Tales of the Mothertongue, Marina Abramovic (Montenegro) – Dangerous Games, Arja Karkkainen (Finland) – City of Sigmund and Linda Duval (Canada)–crocus
The fundamental role of women during the First World War (and more generally over the twentieth century wars), to date, has not yet been completely illuminated in its importance and tragedy: in fact, women have had to rebuild a world from the ashes and ruins of the conflict. A selection of female video-artist from the B#Side War International Festival testifies through powerful and symbolic images the perspective of today women on the conflict.
Note: Anne O’Callaghan projection in Piazza Cavana, Trieste and Loggia dei Cavalieri , Treviso.
every moment, every day, every week, every year
people die in conflicts,
the world one big war zone. mea culpa.
never again. till the next time, mea culpa
erased from our memory. mea culpa
till the next time
erasure is an on going project.
Thank you to:
Barbara Sternberg for participating in and filming the performance
David Nash for his participation-voice.
Michel Bouchard for editing.
Norman Verrall for technicial assistance