exploring the distances between us and our changing habitat
BERTH SONGSBook | Photography | Video
AFAR is a series of inter-related, multi-discipline arts projects by the writer and filmmaker Opher Thomson. The works explore our changing relationship with the places we live and the natural world at large, with the hope of better understanding the deep feelings of separation and disconnect that seem so prevalent during this rapid and dramatic transformation of ‘home’. It is a project of listening, above all, in which the geographical reading of illustrative telling places is informed first and foremost by the voices of those who experience it. In turn, the works born from this process aim to encourage a wider, pluralistic conversation that allows the discussion to evolve. Film screenings, book presentations and installations are often therefore organised as participatory events, talks or seminars, so as to allow this ongoing listening process to flourish and indeed shape future pieces, while also converting those distances into connections. As such each piece acts as a kind of invitation, and asks:
where might we meet?
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OPHER THOMSON is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. His work concerns notions of home and the significance of place and landscape, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. His books include The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands, Travels Through Absence and The Place Between. The film The New Wild premiered at various international festivals in 2017 and is now being distributed theatrically throughout Italy by Tucker film.
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