Haris Epaminonda
Chronicles VII, 2011

Super-8 film transferred to digital
1 min. 41 sec.

Composed of short Super 8 films (transferred to video) that the artist shot over several years, Chronicles eschews narrative in favor of fragmented images that probe the nature of time and assert the permeability of memory. One film shows ancient artifacts from different cultures either isolated on colored backgrounds or in images torn from the pages of an art history book, subtly animated by the slight motion of the handheld camera. In another film, views of the Acropolis exude a twilight state of entropy or decay. The third film simply portrays a pair of superimposed palm trees flickering in the wind in the middle of a barren landscape, remnants of a civilization in decline. The artist enlists a range of techniques, from long takes and unedited footage to fast cuts, narrative rupture, and intensified color. Because the films are looped and of varying lengths, the image combinations do not repeat. A single soundtrack of mixed instrumentation and natural sounds by the band Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides provides an acoustic link between the three projections. The moving images, in turn, inform the sculptural installation, creating a three-dimensional audio-visual montage that cuts across temporal and geographic borders.

Text taken from MoMA’s website.
Chronicles VII was first presented in the framework of Projects 96: Haris Epaminonda at MoMA in 2011-12, as part of the Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series, organized by Roxana ​​Marcoci.