preface to a cartography of an imagined country

2008, installation, 2 video loops (103 min 56), variable dimensions/
Photo: ©Sylvain Hitau/ Chapelle Vidéo, Collection: Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis
Photo: ©Sylvain Hitau/ Chapelle Vidéo, Collection: Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis

Work inspired from my reading of Ecuador, Henri Michaux’s travel diary written in 1928 after a journey to my country of origin. I inversely re-wrote a chapter of the book – that is, from the end to the beginning, from right to left, and from bottom to top. Two cameras filmed my hand simultaneously as I wrote, one in full shot and the other in close-up. This material was later edited backwards, so that the video reveals the impression of a pen withdrawing the ink instead of leaving it on the sheet of paper. Thus, the text disappears while it ‘unwrites’ the words, leaving the pages completely blank.