Video Villanelle (for distance)

Portrait format video for handheld device or monitor

17 minutes


A film by Catriona Gallagher

Musical collaboration with Magic Arm

Commissioned by Aidan Moseby for the online exhibition Thresholds at MIMA

Festival Premiere - Sheffield Doc/Fest: Northern Focus Programme, 13th June 2021

Catriona Gallagher weaves together an assemblage of films, creating a narrative through repetition. This piece documents her experience of being caught between Athens, Greece, and her new home in Northumberland, UK, via a period of ‘uncertain waiting’ in the South East of England.

Gallagher explores her sense of dislocation by organising footage from her phone into a visual villanelle, a poetic form with a strict rhyming structure and repeating lines. Her footage shifts between presence and absence, movement and stasis. Between the sodium glow of the Athens street lights and the iconic bridges of the Tyne punctuated by sunsets and deluges of rain, we keep returning to a shoreline in Greece.

Gallagher often draws attention to the overlooked, the ‘hidden in plain view’ aspects of life, questioning what we bear witness to and what we choose to ignore. Within the transitional period between lockdown and the easing of restrictions, Gallagher subtly explores emotional connections to home and place, considering what is outside and what we carry within.

- Aidan Moseby for Thresholds
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