London: Exhibition of The Gardens
Visual material sourced from three international
archives is transformed into a new work, The Gardens, exhibited
in London 3-14 June 2012.
Exploring the idea of free will, the poetic
film series uses imagery of the natural world as a metaphor
for the inner world of three generations of women describing
the optimism of youth, the pragmatism of middle age and acceptance
of old age.
Emphasising the universal character of the
films’ themes, original visual material was obtained
from three international archives: the UK's BFI National Archive
[FIAF Member], the American Library of Congress [FIAF Member],
and the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive,
a combination coincidentally resembling the film-maker’s
Films made prior to 1950s were chosen around
the theme of 'Ideal Home’ including Russian propaganda,
home movies of Albert Einstein and Boris Pasternak, and a
British Transport Film.
The Gardens will be exhibited at
Clandon Park located south of London, known as one of England’s
most outstanding country houses with intimate gardens and
views of rolling parkland.
With a background in film and literature
Hinkel-Pevzner’s work seeks to evoke the commonality
of experience through the prism of a personal (fictional)
story. An alchemy of new and old, original texts of the lyrical
voiceovers are set against reworked home movies from the 1930s
- 60s. Independent strands of sound and image intertwine to
create fleeting moments of memory and emotion, recalling a
familiar though unknown place and time.
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