Dear. Ethos. Pathos. Logos. Collapse.
2014. HD video with sound, 25 min
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As artist in residence in the Palestinian protest camp in Oslo, Andrea Lange worked together with paperless and refugees both as an activist and artist. This nearly one-year engagement left her with 100 hours of filmed material.
The refugees and asylum seekers in the provisional camp fought collectively for protection and protested against the Norwegian asylum policy, from April 2011 until September 2012. Almost all of its members were ultimately denied protection in Norway.
To years later, the material was elaborated, becoming an antistrophe to the documentary quality of its origin – and emerging as a gentle approach to what was experienced. The film is both a reflection and a personal request, woven out of necessity and the distance in time that forms ones understanding. Surrounded by a cynical regime of refugee politics – the framework of the film – fragility, love, and our need for belonging stands as floating zones between ourselves and others – influencing our wiggle-room and understanding – and observations and experience of power and powerlessness.
The voice-over is performed by Lange and the actor Gisle Hass, whereas Lange's text intertwines fragments from a novel by the Swedish author Kristian Lundberg.