Fragile Dream – Isabelle Hayeur

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 1 & 2 – details & information)

This video was filmed in Australia, in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The title refers to “Dreamtime” as the central theme of Aboriginal culture. In their conception of the world, all forms of life are part of a dynamic system of complex interactions. The earth, men, animals and plants are only parts of the same whole. Plunged into an unprecedented environmental crisis we know that this ideal remains an abstraction, a distant dream. Perhaps it is the Western worldview that has caused the imbalances that are now leading to disaster.

Isabelle Hayeur is known for her photographs and her experimental videos. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. Isabelle participated in many exhibitions, such as the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (North Adams), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Montreal), Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa), Bruce Silverstein Gallery (New York), Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain (Luxembourg), Today Art Museum (Beijing) and Les Rencontres internationales de la photographie à Arles. Her works are to be found in some thirty collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), the Fonds national d’art contemporain in Paris (FNAC), the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (MoCP).

What inspired your film?

This film was inspired by my love of nature and by the current environmental crisis we are facing. Somehow it was also inspired by an American dystopian Science Fiction Film of the 70’s – Soylent Green (1973). This film has haunted me since I was a kid; it raises questions around issues like pollution, depleted resources, poverty, overpopulation… These are issues we are facing now.

What was the biggest challenge in making your film?

The biggest challenge was to work with hours of shooting and to select the appropriated scenes. This film was created with a lot of very short sequences and I wanted to make the film look like a single-sequence shot.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

This film was created while I was doing a one month residency in Australia. The best part was to take long walks in the Eucalyptus forests with my camera.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Follow your intuition, experiment and take risks.

What’s next for you?

I am travelling across the Californian desert for my next body of work in photography.

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