The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

The Certainty of Shadow (with Adonis)

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The Certainty of Shadow is a video work filmed in Sicily, with the participation one of the world’s great Arab poets and Nobel nominee, Adonis. Inspired by Plato's Allegory of The Cave, the video proposes a voyage/dialogue between three artists: Canadian painter and videographer Kali Jones, Italian photographer and installation artist Maurizio Ruggiano, and Ali Ahmad Said Esber, also known by the pen name Adonis or Adunis, a Syrian poet, essayist and translator. Adonis has written more than 20 books and volumes of poetry in the Arabic language and in this work, he figures as a contemporary Odysseus, exploring varying notions of perception.

Poetry as sound and image continually morphs as we explore the perception and representation of nature and the world as a creative space, reflecting on the meaning of existence beyond cultural, historical and linguistic borders.

Sicily is evoked as a place of exchange for the peoples of the Mediterranean, a Mare Nostrum or al-Mutawassit (intermediate space). The video testifies to the mythical dimensions of the Mediterranean, its force and creative vitality drawing upon its rich cultural history: from ancient Greek philosophy to the tradition of Arab poets in Sicily as well as that of contemporary art.

The voyage begins in Syracuse, in the Ear of Dionysus, a cave and ancient Greek rock quarry. This space which appears as the shadow world in the video possibly inspired Plato's allegory. With Adonis, we travel outside of the cave, exploring various forms of perception through the Sicilian landscape to Alberto Burri's Labyrinth/Cretto built over the town of Gibellina (destroyed by an earthquake in 1968) and conceived by the Italian artist as a Land Art piece and mausoleum dedicated to the victims.

The video presents a complex experimental fabric of acoustic and visual sensations concerning notions of identity, time and space.

In Arabic with English subtitles. Also available with French subtitles as (La Certitude de l'ombre) or Italian subtitles (La certezza dell'ombra).


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