Nik Forrest

1997, 09:00 minutes, colour, English


Shift explores the loss associated with movement from one place to another and the loss associated with an intimate experience of death. I was born in Scotland in 1964 and moved to Saskatchewan when I was twelve. My father died a year later. These events have become central in structuring the way I perceive and interpret subsequent experiences and situations. This work attempts to move beyond prescriptive definitions into intensely personal autobiographical space. Death deconstructs. Things fall apart including the sense of a unified self. Ideas of continuity and stability are eroded. Images shot in Scotland, Saskatchewan and Montreal are combined with studio footage to create an associative narrative about an experience for which ordinary language is inadequate.

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