The Novels of Elsgüer
When the River Sings, Stones it Brings
When the river sings, stones it brings is a video installation that explores skin as a territory, composed of layers of lived experiences and accumulated memories which continuously shape and transform its topography. Specifically, this work reflects on how the skin of Bipoc individuals, similar to the natural landscape, bears the marks of the crossbreeding processes of colonialism, as well as histories of both oppression and resilience. This living membrane is then a terrain in itself, which transforms and adapts over time like a geographical ground. The installation consists in a video projection mapping onto a large scale inflatable textile sculpture, along with a set-up of multiple screen monitors and spatialized sound. Through this, the audience can explore a virtual landscape made up of digital skin textures that are at once beautiful and repulsive. Hair, crevices, scars and folds of unidentified forms become the landmarks of this abstract virtual terrain.