Darwin Magazines Book of the Week : ARTIC SPLEEN by Pier Casotti
An intimate look into the youth of Greenland. This beautiful place, greenland, has the highest juvenile suicide rate in the world. Through boredom and the cultural passing down of ways through its youngsters, young people are becoming more and more detached from their motherland.
This body of work, ARTIC SPLEEN, comes in the form as a book, short and long documentary on the subject matter. This book delves into the personal and the unknown, each image holds the viewers gaze and ultimately transports us into a mindset of what it must be like to live somewhere with such beauty, but with little bearings for a young person to hold onto.
"This work immediately transformed into an intimate experience, a story of friends. I wanted to follow my instincts, letting myself be guided by the deep empathy established with these people. In an instinctive, intimate, respectful and not bulky matter.
Everything was done by my alone, without any crew, experiencing the every day using a small video camera as an extension of my feelings to record what I observed, heard and felt.” - Pier Casotti
You can view the documentary trailers, as well as view the photographs from ARTIC SPLEEN by clicking this link. There is also links on the website to purchase a copy.
All copyright goes to Pier Casotti.
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Book of the Day:
Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert by John Divola
‘From 1995 to 1998, I worked on a series of photographs of isolated houses in the desert at the east-end of the Morongo Valley in Southern California. As I meandered through the desert, a dog would occasionally chase my car. Sometime in 1996 I began to bring along a 35mm camera equipped with a motor drive and loaded with a fast and grainy black-and-white film. The process was simple; when I saw a dog coming toward the car I would pre-focus the camera and set the exposure. With one hand on the steering wheel, I would hold the camera out the window and expose anywhere from a few frames to a complete roll of film. I’ll admit that I was not above turning around and taking a second pass in front of a house with an enthusiastic dog. Contemplating a dog chasing a car invites any number of metaphors and juxtapositions: culture and nature, the domestic and the wild, love and hate, joy and fear, the heroic and the idiotic. It could be viewed as a visceral and kinetic dance. Here we have two vectors and velocities, that of a dog and that of a car and, seeing that a camera will never capture reality and that a dog will never catch a car, evidence of devotion to a hopeless enterprise.’ John Divola.
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