Lewes (2000-2003)


Historical material is used as a starting point in “Lewes”(2000/3), a video co-created with British artist Chris Dorley-Brown. The framework is the annual anti-papal event in Lewes commemorating the burning of seventeen protestant martyrs in 1554-7. This project superimposes two films: the filming of the ritualistic event in the evening of November 5th 2000, followed six months later by a second film where the artists mimick similar camera movements as they retrace their exact itinerary during the day. The benign normality of the day and its apparent emptiness is invaded by the extraordinary violence of the night and both are suspended with a poetic ambivalence that constantly provokes the viewer in questioning which is more disturbing.