HUNTER/HUNTED

     There is an expression in some cultures: “When somebody dies he/she takes part of your soul with him/her into the grave.”

      This does not only affect our emotional side. On a physical level it may feel like you are missing a part of your body. It can also be considered in different contexts and circumstances. For example, in the African savannah this change might be seen like a strong agile hunter transforms into a vulnerable hunted prey, which is not able to escape from the predator and whose hunting tool is not a weapon any longer but rather a flagstaff of surrender.

      We never know at what stage of our lives this transition can happen. It is also possible that during our lifetime we undergo this snap of change more than once. Meanwhile our surroundings may stay the same.

         In case we have no critical disruptions in our lives, in general, we associate our day-to-day routine with a normal and harmless environment. In other words, an African wilderness looks as safe as a peaceful familiar landscape, but in fact, only from the first glance. Regardless given circumstances this buzzing danger of “being caught” is always present.

           © 2019 Mikhail Porollo

Installation:

     Two-channel video (8.18 min on a loop) projection slideshow on two screens accompanied by traditional Zulu songs playing via loud speakers in the exhibition space.

To watch the clips as in the installation slideshow

please start both videos with a delay of few seconds.

...“We are dying young – not having finished our lives”....

...“We went to hunt the impala, but it ran into the bush and disappeared.”...

...“Where is your friend? I will wait until he comes back.”...

...“You mustn’t kill me. I’ve been sent by those, I am staying with: I am only the messenger.”...

...“The baby is crying in the dark mountains – no one is looking after the baby.”...

© 2019 Mikhail Porollo. All rights reserved.