La Vie Par La Mort

The film is a response to meeting Christian Boltanski in London at an open forum interview with his good friend and art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist. Boltanski’s work deals with the vital questions of death, breath and nature in decay. For him art is about relaying emotions. He says that each of his works stem from a particular historical or psychoanalytic event which must be told in order to be understood. He sees life as a series of successive deaths, a permanent mourning for the self and for the child that one has ceased to be.

My film explores these same issues. It is about living life to the full but always with the constant reminder that death is only a breath away. I created the shape of a poppy as a metaphor for mortality so the viewer can see life filtered through this window. From here the highs and lows of life whizz past; portraits of relationships, real and psychoanalytical space, containers of memory archived through the moving image, worry, fear, sex and all the emotions, with only a few pauses for breath in the sublime colourful moments of peace.


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