Stabat Mater

Site specific installation
Single channel video
2012

 

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Stabat mater dolorosa
(At the Cross her station keeping)
Juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
(Stood the mournful Mother weeping,)
Dum pendebat Filius.
(Close to her Son to the last.)

Stabat Stabat Mater is a site-specific installation exploiting physical and spiritual dichotomies. It was inspired by the work of a young composer, Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, whose interpretation of the Christian hymn expresses both a profound sadness in its lyrics and a sense of elevation in its music.

In this installation, the image of a woman, arms outstretched, continuously singing and whirling, is projected on a translucent scrim in front of a wooden, life-sized crucifix.

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Once the work was fully realized, its binary nature came to the fore. Upon entering the ossuary viewers were confronted by walls of skulls, the once-dark and silent space was filled with light and music, and the gravity of the crucifixion was alleviated by the ethereal quality of the projection.

 

INTERPRETATION[wp_colorbox_media url=”http://www.laurebarras.com” type=”iframe” hyperlink=”LAURE BARRAS“], COMPOSITION, PIANO[wp_colorbox_media url=”http://www.jean-selim.com/BIOGRAPHY.html” type=”iframe” hyperlink=”JEAN-SELIM ABDELMOULA“], sound engineer MATHIEU PONT, sound editor[wp_colorbox_media url=”http://www.jcgaberel.ch/references.html” type=”iframe” hyperlink=”JEAN-CLAUDE GABEREL“], stage assistant PHILIPPE DE MARCHI, costume design ANNA VAN BREE, costume construction OLIVIER FALCONNIER

 

 

Installation views, Beinhaus Leuk-Dorf, Switzerland, FORUM WALLIS VI Festival Jan. 14 – Feb. 5 2012

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Support for this project has been provided by LOTERIE ROMANDE (CH), ETAT DU VALAIS (CH), POUR CENT CULTUREL MIGROS (CH), VILLE DE MARTIGNY (CH), ZEUGHAUS KULTUR–Brig (CH), ERNEN MUSIKDORF (CH)