In May 2010, after record rainfall, flash flood broke embankments of the Vistula near Wilkow. Catastrophic flooding deprived thousands of people of all their possessions as well as the roof over their heads. A few weeks later in my family house ravaged by the element, I found a box of old photographs. The only left family mementoes were destroyed by water, mud and mold. Rapid documentation enabled to stop progressing decay just for a brief moment, leaving in my memory the image of excruciating emptiness. What was left, were only some fragments of compositions, shreds of portraits and silhouettes hard to identify. Photographs touched by dampness blurred, went into pieces leaving rich structure of marks, stains and chips.
An impression on the transitory nature of memory, inevitability of fading and the destructive force of elements.
Short film made in experimental, original collage technique with video and stop motion elements.
This film is a desperate attempt to keep memories, reconstruct people and events of the past. An impression on the transitory nature of memory, inevitability of fading and the destructive force of elements.
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