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Penny Siopis

She Breathes Water

STEVENSON, Amsterdam

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Artist
Penny Siopis
Title
She Breathes Water
Year
2019
Duration
5 min 12 s
Format & Technical

Video HD, single channel, sound

PRICE (€)
30,000.00 €
CONTACT

Marc Barben
marc@stevenson.info

A montage of old 8mm found footage, text and sound, the film shapes a story, poetic or fabular, about humanity’s catastrophic imprint on the planet. It starts with a lunar landscape. A flash as a harpoon passes through water. A splash as a man surfaces. A woman swims. She seems angry with history. There are emissions, explosions, extractions, scenes evoking geo-engineering. There is sacrifice. What’s to be done? A creature under the sea offers her ink to help write a history of another kind. ‘Man’ exits the frame. The sound of ice cracking mixes with refrains of Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’.

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