Ararat
Armenia - Netherlands / 2007-2021 / single channel video installation / SD video, 4:3, colour, stereo / 1'38", loop
Thank you: Margot van Essen (breathing sound) and Jeroen van der Wiel (editing)

Ararat is a video about the presence of Mount Ararat in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The mountain, which is sacred to Armenians, is visible but not accessible because it is located in present-day Turkey, formerly Western Armenia. The Ararat is, depending on the weather, painfully present in Yerevan. In the video, this fact is reinforced by the fact that the mountain disappears and reappears at the pace of breathing. I filmed the footage in 2007 during a Research trip of the Rietveld Academy to the South Caucasus.

Ararat will premiere at the Dutch Mountain Film Festival 2021. This year’s edition has the theme Freedom to roam. DMFF takes place in Heerlen from November 2 till 7. Before and after DMFF Ararat will be exhibited at SCHUNCK Glaspaleis in Heerlen, from October 31 until November 30.