Thursday, August 11, 2011

Observations on Art 8.11

I was looking for videos from Afghanistan when I found this cool film. It just reminds me of when I zone out staring at a painting in a museum. The height of the palace creates the stunning depth of the background and the only color the pale blue of the drained and wasted pool contrasted against all the neutrals. Just stunning.

Theatre of War from Richard Mosse on Vimeo.

"Shot in Saddam Hussein's hilltop palace in the mountains overlooking the River Tigris, Theatre of War is a slow, virtually static video piece redolent of classical history painting. Audio was recorded at the official US military hand-over ceremony at the nearby city of Saniya. A mullah's prayer for unity among Arabs is spoken, after which the pan-Arab national anthem, Mawtini (My Homeland) is played, emphasizing Arab national solidarity and a pan-Arab territory. Made in Iraq in March 2009."

Cinematography and Editing by Trevor Tweeten
Digital Color and Post Production by Jerome Thelia

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