FORBIDDEN FRUIT; Cinzia Sarto; miniDV; TRT: 4.44
An original sin encounter of lovers, from initial collision, to orbiting round each other.
I realized much later that the origin of this video was an image from “Yol”, a Turkish film directed by Yilmaz Guney that I saw in 1982. In the film a man is forced by his surrounding culture to kill his wife who has dishonored him. Being unable to take her life he brings the woman on a long journey through the snow where she will finally freeze to death under the eyes of their son. The conflict between the man’s love for her and what is expected by the moral law of his culture is powerfully described by the rhythm of their walking and the progressive distance of father and son from the dying woman. This film’s uncomfortable narrative speaks of the emotional imprisonment of both the assassin and his victim pointing our attention towards the inevitable future of their son.
I have always been very interested in the internal process that can bring Humans to destroy their loved one and as a result most of my videos are investigations on the cultural constraints that seem to increase this repetition. In 2009 with Forbidden fruit I was trying to imagine the possibility of a corporeal embrace between two lovers who escape from the Tree of Judgement and wonder in a landscape where the beaten path has been erased by the snow. I asked myself: if there were no trails to follow? If we were to be so aware of the sound and the traces we left at each step, where would we go? No doubt, we would still carry the skin that was holding us on the Tree of the Original Sin. That vestige will have to remain with us as a relict of our past forcing us to reinvent the way we carry it.
Would we meet each other while searching? Or would we become like the hastening shadows in the video, only to return at the the image of Adam and Eve staring bewildered at each other across the tree?
Could we have the same curiosity and find in the snow something to care for? Could we leave our clothes along the way and naked become like Water, the element that is most capable of transformations?