Video Art: La Terre Promise – The Promised Land

In 1982 the Falkland War erupted giving a gleeful Thatcher a chance to distract the British people from the devastation of her doing at home. With the breakdown of a cease-fire brokered by the UN, Beirut was under siege ultimately leading to the Palestinian Liberation Army being driven out of the town and the country at the cost of hundreds of lives. In the south of France, over France Inter, Godard, Antonioni, Spielberg, Wenders, Herzog, Costa Gavras,  and others were screening their new films at the 35th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Although it won no prizes, one film stood out for me, Jean-Luc Godard’s  Passion, revisiting the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Goya, Ingres, Delacroix,… as living ‘tableaux’. A thousand kilometres to the north, by Lake Geneva, promising fine-arts students were taking part in workshops with filmmakers Johan van des Keuken and Steve Dwoskin. Across the Rhone in a densely-populated high-rise development close to the airport, a group of talented young actresses and actors were putting on a play called Massacre à la Pellicule (Death by Film) under the direction of Philippe Reymondin. My art video, La Terre Promise (The Promised Land), shot and edited in that year was a collage of all these elements and more. Here are some stills from the recent digital transfer of the video. 

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