The mirror is dark and inky

Kevin Gaffney

Description

The mirror is dark and inky is comprised of images of daily life in Iran – driving through the city in the afternoon, playing board games with friends – alongside the narration of a neighbour concerned about a whale living in a bath in her apartment building. As the film progresses, we leave the city behind and move into the forest in northern Iran, where the narration turns inwards to a “feeling that does not come from my brain, it more erupts and descends like a fog, barely perceptible until it is enveloping, with a similar cold, dewy feeling.” The whale is the mirror and the mirror is dark and inky. Filmed on location in Tehran and northern Iran, two participants (Zahra Yazdani Nia and Dadbeh Bagheri) narrate the film and perform the roles. Supported by the Kooshk Artist Residency Award 2015, and the Arts Council of Ireland.’ (Sourced from http://www.kevin-gaffney.com/themirrorisdark.html on September 11th 2016)

Details
Title

The mirror is dark and inky

Year

2015

Creator

Kevin Gaffney

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Experimental, Portrait

Subject

Guilt, Desire, Grief

Language

Iranian Persian (pes) (spoken), English (eng) (subtitles)

Duration

5 minutes

Original format

Digital (prores .mov)

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Copyright holder: Kevin Gaffney

Artist website

http://www.kevin-gaffney.com/

Link to work

no online link available