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Omaha, Normandy – France

video installation

Omaha project spans charcoal drawings, video, photographies, google maps imagery and installation.
A poetic approach to Omaha beach, a landmark for the World War II D-Day disembark, on Normandy, France.

Ebb, 1’00 single channel video, 2013

Dream, 1’37 single-channel video, 2013

the project

Part I
1. works: video, photography, painting, collage
2. videos captured, gmaps tool *music Gabriel Fauré
3. charcoal drawing and painting
Part II
4. local visit [bibliographical research, local libraries]
5. video capture, drawing and installation

“Après un rêve” Op.7 n.1, Gabriel Fauré, 1877
Poem de Romain Bussine

Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image
Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage;
Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore
Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l’aurore;
Tu m’appelais, et je quittais la terre
Pour m’enfuir avec toi vers la lumière;
Les cieux pour nous entr’ouvraient leurs nues;
Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues…
Hélas, hélas, triste réveil des songes !
Je t’apelle, ô nuit, rends-moi tes mensonges;
Reviens, reviens radieuse
Reviens, ô nuit mystérieuse

(free translation)
In a slumber which held your image spellbound
I dreamt of happiness, passionate mirage,
Your eyes were softer, your voice pure and sonorous,
You shone like a sky lit up by the dawn;

You called me and I left the earth
To run away with you towards the light,
The skies opened their clouds for us,
Unknown splendours, divine flashes glimpsed,

Alas! Alas! sad awakening from dreams
I call you, O night, give me back your lies,
Return, return radiant,
Return, O mysterious night.


image credits: Max Gomes, ©Google Maps