ΟΝ DEATH miniDV, B/W, 6’24”,2007
Video work based on the homonym poem of Giorgos V. Makris.
The video is shot during the September’s 2007 parliamentary elections with documentary shots during the two main political parties’ massive public speeches.
The elections were held in Athens less than a month after the 2007 Greek forest fires. In total 84 people lost their lives at that time.
The ghost of a seven year old boy drifts around the city which is going through an election period. While reciting the poem “On Death”, he personifies the lost “Others” of History: the forgotten ones.
I chose this poem because it gives voice, via a fictional narrative ego, to the lost “Others” of History: the forgotten ones. Its heavy, misanthropic style, acquires an almost unexpected lightness and depth, when it is recited by a child that “has not yet perfected and adulterated language”.*
Thus, my seven years old son who performs in the video, generously offers the required level of diction.
* This is characteristically reported in WRITINGS by E.H.Gonatas, in regard to the love of Makris for the way the children talk. E.H.Gonatas, Introductive Note, GIORGOS V.MAKRIS WRITINGS, page 18, published by “Hestia Bookstore”, Athens, Greece,1986.
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