2005, 16:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English ( and French on the DVD )
... but don't be surprised, my feuding friend,
my enemy, seized by black love,
if the groans of love will be groans of torture,
kisses - tinged with blood.
- Nikolay Gumilyov (tr. Richard McKane)
Black Love is a video rendition of my own text, a prose-poem of the same name (published in Shearsman, issue no. 63-64, Exeter 2005). It is an attempt to make a black film without reverting to the simplistic device of a black (blank) screen by using images that invoke their own erasure. The voice-over was recorded at 291 Gallery (London) in 2004. The video was shot in various locations over a number of years, using black and white super-8 stock and dv. The work was produced and edited in the UK in 2005.
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