BUILDING STORIES #001 [That Distant Piece Of Mine]
16mm film transferred to HD, 42:12
Els Opsomer 2014
BuildingStories #001[This Distant Piece of Mine] is a 16mm film recorded in Senegal. Senegal is considered the most accessible West African country and has become a beloved tourist destination, renowned for its hospitality. Going beyond clichés, the film shows a poetic stroll through a sultry Senegal. The viewer imagines themselves in a unique African world, a world whose habitants stride with unparalleled grace, whose characteristic landscape is shaped by orphaned infrastructures and absurd architecture that resembles stranded UFOs. The almost palpable tension of this film lies in the interaction between the familiar and the strange, between that which is constructed or in continuous deconstruction, between the stories you invent as a viewer and the stories that its scenes are telling you, between what moves and what doesn’t. BuildingStories #001[This Distant Piece of Mine] is an infinite portrait whose images radiate a solitary kind of silence, skillfully extracted from a frenetic African world.