Normalcy (El después)
Normalcy (moments of imagination and remembrance) is a project that uses still photography, sound and video as a way of documenting the intimate spaces and moments of life in the aftermath of terror in Colombia. Based in a town in the Colombian Caribbean where paramilitaries massacred more than 30 men in 2000, the piece documents moments of the everyday 6 years after the event. Through the banality of life, through the quietness of simple activities and situations many times filtered by my own imagination, I recall the possibilities of remembrance embedded in such moments, especially in places where silence has been a means of survival. The work engages the different and subtle expressions of resilience, while raising the question of what it means to return to normalcy in a place where the past inhabits the present in unexpected ways.
(running time: 14’14)
Credits. Photography, sound and edit. Juan Orrantia
Video. Courtesy of Nestor Oliveros
Texts. Fragments from “La Novia Oscura”, by Laura Restrepo.
Installation view (at Kunststiftung Poll Gallery, Berlin, organized by RE-projects):
- (see non-linear version in Sensate–a journal for experiments in critical media practice)
- Other presentations, publications, reviews: Le Cube, Paris-Digital Anthropologies/Anthropologies Numerique ( 2013); Visual Anthropology Review; Wideangle, photography as public practice; Between Art and Anthropology (intro).