UNA SPORCA VACANZA (DIRTY VACATION); (2010); Cinzia Sarto; digi; TRT: 7.00
Inside a labyrinth of cement cubes, debris by the sea, humans distracted by the rituals of vacation seem indifferent to the world surrounding them. A veiled woman is searches for a way out.
This was my first video experiment were in the same frame I edited documentary and fiction, joining fragments of reality from different places and time and weaving the tapestry back to what I think is the essence of what I see. I placed myself in the video as the veiled woman searching a way out in a labyrinth of cement cubes, debris and water, where humans distracted by the rituals of vacation seem indifferent to the world surrounding them. The filming started when I was in the island of Pantelleria and went to look at the cemetery. Across the street from its entry the sea and the wind were roaring at a long line of cement blocks discarded on the shore. Queen Anne’s lace flowers were blooming between rocks, animal carcasses and all sort of human debris. On the other side, expensive flower arrangement were tended by hands full of sorrow, the ground was well swept.
This two way to acknowledge death were very striking at that moment and moved me to start an imaginary journey into our coexistence with decay and our unwillingness to be conscious of were we are.
If the veiled woman is a witness of event, she is also the collector of plastic waste and at the end must take upon herself the burden to carry them for a further transformation. Leaving behind a devastated landscape she will finally pronounce the sound: “maaaa…” that concludes the video. A verbal way to go back to a beginning, to start again, to leave behind all the undefined human noises covering the animal’s cry in vacation land. The video is an attempt to reveal the etymological origin of the word “vacation” from the Latin “vacare” to be vacuous, empty, free.