This is the barbershop my father used to visit in the city where he were born. He used to leave his bicycle at the door and read the local newspaper while he was waiting for his turn. A few years later after his death I made this single shoot. It would have been great having the chance to do it with my father, but as Paul Bowles says, we make the mistake of thinking of life as an inexhaustible well but “everything happens a certain number of times”.
Some years later, Ryuichi Sakamoto called for an international film competition to create a video by selecting some of the songs from his album, Async. “Full Moon”, that includes a paragraph from the novel “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles – was the best sound track to amalgamate with these images.
“Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky.
LAURA FOCARAZZO is a video artist and independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her works include experimental films and videos which use sound as a ‘script’ for the construction of non-narrative pieces, as well as curatorial works. Her videos provide poetic and sensory experiences in a dialogue with the unconscious by evoking chaos as a place to live endless possibilities.
As an artist, she has had exhibitions at ICA -The Institute of Contemporary Arts-, London, UK; ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe-, Germany; FILE – Electronic Language International Festival”, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, United States; MACBA -Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires-, Argentina; “Festival Les Instants video: 50 Years of Video Art”, Marseilles, France; “BAFICI – International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires”, Argentina; Rencontres Traverse Vidéo at La Cinémathèque Toulouse, France; Incubarte – International Independent Art Festival-, Valencia, Spain; “Festival Punto y Raya”, Reykjavík, Iceland; Copenhagen Art Festival, Denmark; “Lumen Gallery” Kyoto, Japan; “Union Docs”, New York, United States among others.
As an independent curator she has worked in curatorial projects for the TENT – Little Cinema Int. Festival for experimental films and new media- in Calcuta, India; Strangloscope -mostra internacional de audio, video/filme & performance experimental in Florianópolis, Brasil; the [.BOX] Videoart project space in Milano, Italy; “Instancias” an Electronic Art exhibition at MUNTREF, Museo de Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires, Argentina and The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale 2019-2020. She researchs in the field of the Electronic Arts.