QUICKSAND, 2017. 21 minutes.
Made by Nikolaj Larsen in collaboration with Duncan Pickstock and Mikkel H. Eriksen.
Quicksand is set in the near future. A fragmented story from the point of view of Jason, a man fighting for his life in the Mediterranean Sea.
The work amplifies tendencies within present-day EU. The manufacturing industry is long gone. Job security is a thing of the past and people are competing for work that is poorly paid and on a casual basis. The economy has imploded, hospitals and state schools are closing, trains rarely run. Politically, the far right has become increasingly influential, taking advantage of people’s frustrations to stoke resentment against immigrants.
Throughout Europe, borders have been closed.
It is against this backdrop that Jason, a husband and father has decided to join the ever-increasing exodus. People are employing smugglers to help them leave Europe in the hope of starting a new life ‘somewhere else’. Jason’s journey ends when the boat he is in capsizes and he and many other would-be migrants are struggling to survive in the open sea. As Jason struggles in the water, his past comes to him in flashes; his life and journey revisited in fragments.
Quicksand also exists as a video/audio installation which is currently showing as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Humber Street Gallery in the exhibition Somewhere Becoming Sea curated by Steven Bode, director of Film and Video Umbrella. The exhibition runs until 17. June.
Quicksand is kindly supported by Goethe Institute – London, Culture+Conflict, Danish Art Foundation, Embassy of Denmark in the UK, Film and Video Umbrella and the Elephant Trust.
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