About the Village (A Poem in Multiple Voices)

Questo film offre racconta la complessità dei nostri sentimenti su un paese che ha vissuto la migrazione del suo popolo, e dall’impossibilità di trovare un modo di esprimere la complessità dal rapporto che la gente senta per il suo paese.

A film by Maria Thereza Alves (Brazil 1960) (2013) – 14 minutes.

‘About The Village (a poem in multiple voices)’ offers insight to the complexity of our feelings about a town that has become defined by migration and the impossibility of finding a structured set of terms to reconcile it with: feelings which more of us identify with each day as the phenomenon of migration increasingly defines our lives.

With every visit, Alves met more people who belonged to the community, and with each of them, she discovered their attitude towards the place. Amongst the nostalgia, frustration, affection, hope and fear, Alves noticed one constant: a strength of feeling about the place itself.

Maria Thereza would like to thank the people who contributed to About the Village : Maria Di Bona, Gino Di Bona, Armando Di Meo, Philippe Di Meo, Elvira Franchitti, Dora Pacitti, Daniele Salvatore, Giulio Valerio, Pietro Verrecchia, Romolo Verrecchia, Eduardo Viscione and Maria Weir.

Please see : http://www.mariatherezaalves.org/works/about-a-village?c=17

The Ecosophy of Maria Thereza Alves by Pascal Beausse, 2009:

‘Maria Thereza Alves’s art is based on an ecological line of thinking. It broaches ecosystems through the dynamism of equilibria brought about by the diversity of species. It sets up investigative procedures, calling first and foremost for its own incorporation in the specific landscape, human and territorial alike, that it deals with. Archaeological methods are applied for the artist’s major projects Seeds of Change and Wake, which reveal a secret cartography of globalization through the shifting movements of plants in travellers’ clothing and the ballast jettisoned from merchant vessels. By establishing her research alongside scientists, Maria Thereza Alves asserts the possibility for artistic activity to develop a line of thought about life, issuing from a combination of perceptible and cognitive knowledge. An ecosophy, in the sense in which Félix Guattari conceived of the ethical-cum-political articulation between the three ecological chords: the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. What is involved, for her, are the conspicuous processes of forms of life. By highlighting a poetics of diversity, which dodges the powers and injunctions of reterritorialization.’

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still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents

still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents

still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents

still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents

still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents

still image from ‘About the Village: a poem in multiple voices’ Maria Thereza Alves 2013 istallazione video / video installation 17 minutes © Alves-Durham GbR and Cultural Documents