"VERTICORDIA" is a video piece dedicated to the Columbian village of PUERTO PALMA in a bid to shine a light on a community that is besieged by violence and war. Situated on the Ecuadorian border, the region continues to be subjected to the conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents, the Colombian Armed Forces and a range of paramilitary groups despite the 2016 FARC-government peace treaty.
Working in partnership with cultural laboratory Cartas del Mar al Galeras , VERTICORDIA is a contribution to peace and hope that uses audio recordings captured from the inhabitants of Puerto Palma to create a collaborative piece that aims to raise awareness and build cultural bridges.
VERTICORDIA plays with the ancient metaphor of the bow and arrow that since the antiquities has represented communication between the earthly and the divine. The arrow served as the direct messenger for humans to enter and dialogue with the divine. Nowadays bows and arrows are mostly associated with hunting sports but have a long history as weapons of war.
Roescheisen positions the analogy of our contemporary associations with archery and its ancient symbolisms at the centre of the film. The spiritual message that is expressed through surreal colors/ a strong color palette (that refers to the divine, the unreal, the Gods and the above colours and a body that constantly shifts between its human form and an almost ghostly appearance is related to the divine and our higher selves.
This piece was filmed at the monastery of Pyrgos at the highest point of Greece’s island of Ios (the village people claim it to have a special divine energy). The artist aims to create an atmosphere that alters between reality and the divine realm, and that chooses in the eyes of the artist a universal metaphor comprehensive to all different sorts of cultures in order to underline and send a message of peace for the village people of Puerto Palma and people in conflict worldwide.
The sound of Verticordia is entirely delivered by the inhabitants of Puerto Palma and was recorded by the children. It includes sounds of nature, ancestral chants and prayers dedicated to loved ones taken away by war.
New York Times article that states the current situation in Columbia:
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Special thanks to the village people of Puerto Palma, to the island of Ios, to Nicolas, Tuchi, Nico and David without whom this wouldn't have been possible. In the hope that this messenger from the Earthly to the divine will be heard.