Measures of Distance

1988 | 00:15:30 | United Kingdom | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Feminism, Middle East, Post-colonialism

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In this video, the artist tries to overcome the effects of distance, and reflects on geography represented in exile due to war, and on the psychological distance represented in each one’s approach to her womanhood. The video beautifully weaves personal images and audio recordings of a very intimate nature, binding the personal with the political.

Reading aloud from letters sent by her mother in Beirut, Hatoum creates a visual montage reflecting her feelings of separation and isolation from her Palestinian family. The personal and political are inextricably bound in a narrative that explores personal and family identity against a backdrop of traumatic social rupture, exile and displacement.

This title is also available on Radical Closure.

Exhibitions + Festivals

National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, Politics of Art, October 2010-April 2011