Monday, 12 March 2012

Narratives are not confined to books and libraries.

This space is reserved for books, I understand, but it's also about stories and the art of story-telling and the different narratives that are brought out through the story-telling.

Two years ago, in my UG I was given the opportunity to work with Nora Sweeney. Nora was an exchange scholar from Oberlin in Ohio and was at LDC to teach us film making. Such a wonderful time. We made two short films under her guidance. It was  documenting more than creativity. Awesome experience.
Nora has amazing insight and perspective. She sees things we normally wouldn't see, she forms the picture in her mind even when we are filming. Her questions are direct, simple and yet incisive. They set the entire mood and atmosphere of the films. She is now doing her own film-making, has her own website and uploads her films on them.

But what really is fantastic is the fact that stories can be narrated through any medium. Writing, poetry, fiction, interviews, biographies, short films, pictures! So many formats. They are all life-stories but told in different ways, with different perspectives and different textures and analogies. I prefer films/short-films. Because these bring colour, texture, voices and faces and also leaves a lot to be imagined. You don't walk out of a movie completely normal. Something stays on, it leaves you thinking.

So, if you've visited her profile at vimoe, you'll understand what I am talking about. Those stories, about those Moroccan artists and the wonderful, absolutely Nora-ish movie "Memory Kitchen", are exciting narratives of ordinary people and their amazing lives. I like how she sees more than the art, more than the preliminary questions and brings out entire personalities and a little story.

Narratives are so exciting, and after being shut inside libraries and books written by dead people on actual art- this is so refreshing- because she is an artist, a creator and a documentor(?) and it works beautifully. She sees something, sets it into a story, gives it flavour and retells an entire personality. I think it's amazing.

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