The Hole's Journey
by Ghita Skali, 2020, 16'
16’13''. Courtesy the artist

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film  Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2020
The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images - 9th edition

In the office of the director of a Dutch art institution, a portion of parquet flooring measuring 102 cm x 120 cm is removed. The size is exactly that of the groove left by the chair on which the former director worked for 23 years. The video documents the extraction process and the journey that this worn floor made to Morocco during Lockdown to reach a piece of land that had been expropriated. The journey represents the dynamics of power, on the part of the ruling classes who rarely leave their seats, and on the part of national companies that appropriate a country’s natural resources for economic purposes.
Ghita Skali (1992, Morocco/Netherlands) her work takes as an initial impulse investigations around anecdotes which appeared in the media and have been later forgotten and/or erased. In her approach, it is less a question of truth than to map out all the possible ramifications of this narration, the contradictions and dead ends of the many rumors that made it. Her projects have recently been shown at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), été 78 (Brussels), Project Space Festival (Berlin), Beirut Art Fair, Triangle (Marseille), 18 (Marrakech), Cube Independent Art Space (Rabat), Cairo Off Biennale, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). Ghita Skali studied at Villa Arson in Nice and was a participant at De Ateliers, in Amsterdam.

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