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Shallow Cinema is a film and multimedia research cycle exploring techniques, gestures and imaginaries within human-water relationships. Starting in 2021 out of my desire to better understand my local environment and by my fascination for aquatic ecosystems, I decided to explore the Rotte, the eponymous river of the city of Rotterdam. I think this undertaking is particularly interesting in the context of the Netherlands, which has a strong relationship with water. I thought that entering into an artistic dialogue with the river Rotte would be a step towards questioning the complex and integrated relationship with water, management strategies, environmental policies and history. On a personal level, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on my sense of belonging and my position as an artist in the Netherlands and in the city of Rotterdam. On a universal level, it speaks to the urgent need to confront our relationship to the natural environment, which is becoming increasingly fragile and complex.
In November 2022 I finished Ninfa Fluida (2022), an unscripted experimental documentary. The film assembles microscopic imagery made in my studio, with 18th Century Dutch river poetry and scenes taken in a contemporary biology laboratory. More on the film here.