The Burning Beach
Single channel HD
Exhibited for Constance ARI, Hobart, Tasmania, in Feb 2016
The beach is relaxing. People lie around and nothing is forced into being. However, between passivity and lethargy there is recognition of the subterranean forces that fortify the beach. This hazardous underground is revealed without tenderness or ease. Between these two images — between comfortable order and infinite complexity — is forged an attitude towards the world that is quiet and aware.
Beneath the luxurious image of the beach, the one that reduces the complexity of people, culture and place to commodity, and between freighters, imported fruit and the unknown extent of our links to the world through trade, sits the quivering, burning beach — and people sit on top of it, at ease floating on a tiny bit of its surface.
Inspired by Edouard Glissant, The Poetics of Relation (Ann Arbor: 1997), 205.