At the Beginning North Was Here
stop frame photography and sound
running time 7:14 minutes

“The recollections of this extreme experience are translated through a laborious photographic process which mimics the layers of memory and forgetting. She pieces together the complex maps that the crew invented to navigate the breadth of ice in which they drifted. A series of slides showing the polar landscape dissolves between light and dark, interspersed with phrases parsed from the crewmembers’ personal diagrams defining their location in expansive ice. The comfort of photography as reportage is refused, and the desire for a linear pairing of image with memory is denied.” 

- Gabrielle Giattino, Subject Index, excerpt from catalogue essay

Video stills

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At the Beginning North Was Here (2008) from Ellie Ga on Vimeo.