Two men sit in a darkened room, watching photographs of houses of Italian immigrants, for a would-be photo-book entitled Italians At Home. The photographs, their recollections of events and encounters with Italian immigrants and their domestic space, proceeds to unfold a multi-layered film essay of mediated images of otherness in the Australian cinema and television.
“In a migrant culture, what rituals are consciously and caringly enacted? What rituals are simply the unconscious response to alienation, adaptations or misrecognitions? This film lovingly witnesses the kinds of 'collage' experience that millions of Australians enact every day as they attempt to make sense in a world composed of infinitely fragmented traditions and languages." -Ross Gibson, Catalogue Experimental Film Week Madrid 1998
1991, 29min, 16mm film transferred to SD video Pal.
Ettore Siracusa works in Sydney and Melbourne. He has made several short films and video essays informed by a tradition of extra-realist cinema keen to bear witness to the more perplexing and strange in the everyday. His current site specific film installations explore, transformative notions of place making and cultural memory.
This video is part of the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel which can be found at vimeo.com/channels/developphoto. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.
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