Letters From Cyprus
2017 - 2018
8 films, digital video and sound
Elika Gallery, Athens, Greece
A series of works tracing a written correspondence between London and Cyprus transforming them into short videos that explore the visual, sonic and biorhythmic substance of intimate communication.
Negotiating paradoxes of intimacy and distance and how these factor in ways individuals communicate with loved ones - physically detached but emotionally close - processes of reconfiguring letters into short videos whilst preserving their original (written) contents take on new forms of narrative storytelling where the intimate feelings and thoughts that precede the writing process start to become divulged intentionally or unintentionally.
The visual scope of the work offers access to different locations around Cyprus where the letters are written, filmed entirely on an smartphones and on a constant state of mobility, whilst the sonic scope of the project delicately arranges multiple layers of vocal narrations in varying volume outputs as written word transforms into intimate confession woven in infinite scopes of encirclining sounds preserved in their ephemaral states.
Created specifically with the intention to be broadcasted via Instagram, each film has a duration of no more than 60 seconds each and was regularly uploaded in sequential order in order to form fragments of a broader narrative. Examining sharing and posting as part of a collective digital vocabulary, the title performs a play on word meanings and associations through posts shared on social media produced as as result of content which has been ‘posted’ through mail. Turning letters to loved ones, a gesture inherently intimate, into short videos attempts to challenge the role and function of social media platforms in matters of intimate exchange, exploring whether they can serve as spaces of enhanced intimacy, conditioned entirely by the manner in which they are used.