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Title

The girl from the sea

2018

Artist

John Conomos

Australia

28 Jan 1947 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital video, colour, sound
    Edition
    1 of 3 + AP
    Dimensions
    duration: 16:33 min, aspect ratio 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed c.l. Certificate of authenticity, black ink "J Conomos ". Not dated.

    Credit
    Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    245.2018
    Copyright
    © John Conomas
    Artist information
    John Conomos

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'The girl from the sea' is a video portrait of the artist's late mother, which traces the story of her childhood, migration and suburban family life. The film's title refers to the subject's ancestral and mythic roots in Greece, and her passage to Australia by boat in the early 1940s. Intimate and elegiac, the camera tracks through the rooms of her home - vacated of personal belongings but full of memories - while the artist movingly narrates the details of their 'shared lifeworld together and in solitude'.

    In devising 'The girl from the sea', Conomos drew inspiration from a number of historical works of film and literature that explore the emotional connection between mother and son: Roland Barthes' Camera Lucida (1981), Peter Handke's A sorrow beyond dreams (1972), and Germany in Autumn (1978) directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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