by Aikaterini Gegisian
Diego Garcia is an artists' documentary, which looks at the deportation of the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean (now the site of one of the biggest American military bases in the world) by the British Government to Mauritius.
The film juxtaposes text extracts from the Chagossian's High Court testimonies – which collective portray the islands as a paradise lost – with a camera that continuously wanders in the Mauritian landscape. These testimonies become the starting point for looking at Mauritius and the Indian Ocean as a complex set of relation and act as catalysts in unravelling the hidden traces of history inscribed in spaces.
The film takes on the form of a journey where landscape becomes the central character. Blending different narrative voices, such as the collective voice of the testimonies, the observational eye of the artist with ambient voices and sounds, the film comments on shifting geographies, on the myth of paradise and on the ways we inhabit a globalised world.
Made with the support of Chagos Refugee Group
Olivier Bancoult, Lisete Talate, Rita David. With thanks to: Krishna Luchoomun, S.S Eddy Turday, Laura Jeffery, Vincatassin Allen, Sarika Seshadri, Hengride Permal, Ann Steward, Eric Herring, Ella Bissett Mark MacEwan, Lucy Badrocke, Maria Tsantsanoglou, Syrago Tsiara, Picture This, Yuli Karatsiki, Arsen and Roupen Kalfayan, Christina Petrinou.
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Produced through Picture This’ Small Wonders scheme and funded by Arts Council England, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center and PARTage Residencies, Mauritius.
30 June 2010
Part of Film Programme 3
Guest Projects, London
Using the tradition of artists’ film and video, Aikaterini Gegisian's most recent work seeks to restore a sense of intimacy with the world,
Our Small Wonders professional development scheme offered artists the mentoring support and technical resources needed for making film and video
Aikaterini Gegisian in conversation with writer and critic Colin Perry
Saturday 13 November, 2 pm
Aikaterini Gegisian in conversation with writer and critic Colin Perry, introduced by Beth Alden from Picture This.