Akram Zaatari
Born in 1966 in Saida (Lebanon).
Lives in Beirut (Lebanon).
"Tomorrow Everything Will Be Allright", 2010
Single-channel video, colour, mono sound, 11 min.
Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Messaging between two people, which is evolving on the screen, narrates about love relationship that used to bind heroes of the film. Short phrases are full of tension as well as pauses and dots emerging between them, which, as is known, can be more eloquent than words. The artist asks in the annotation to his work: "Is it a dream, a script or true love, which everybody dreams of?". Writing appears in it as a form of reminiscence of the past and the artist underlines it by using the image of typewriter and its characteristic sound to convey the dialog. At the same time, the messaging is evolving in the internet chat mode i.e. under the spectator's eyes and so belongs to the real time. It actualizes feelings that had passed but were not forgotten and in this sense is as open to the future as a meeting. This work by the Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari is dedicated to the French film director of the New Wave Eric Rohmer and refers straight to one of his most famous films "The Green Ray" ("Le Rayon Vert", 1986). As in every Rohmer's film, love collision develops through the episodes of day-to-day life with talks in cafes, long dialogues and discussions of love life with friends. The title of Rohmer's film "The Green Ray" refers in its turn to the book of the same name by Jules Verne, which contains the description of this natural phenomenon when the last sun ray at sunset is colored in green. Having heard casual passers talking about it the heroine of the film starts to believe that once you have seen the green ray, you can learn the matters of heart, yours and others', and it will help to find love. It's interesting that Eric Rohmer refused to use visual effects at the shooting and strived to catch a real, natural green ray, which we can see in the last scene of the film. Akram Zaatari's video ends with the same frame when heroes decide to meet at the beach after 10 years of separation. The green ray is here a symbol of love, hope for the future and a sign of miracle, as well as an index showing that the spaces of love and fiction can't exist without each other.
artistic director of the project: Viktor Misiano
National Center for Contemporary Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
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