Face a Face (Face to Face)

Kika Nicolela

2006, 15:00 minutes, B&W, Portuguese with English subtitles


Face to Face is a result of a video-installation, in which various men and women answer to 5 questions concerning love. These people were left alone with a camera, facing their own image on the video monitor. The questions, written over a paper, approached different aspects of love and provoked the participants to reflect and expose themselves. Confronted by this provocation, the interviewed people react in a lot of different ways: they pass through states of hesitation, anguish, nostalgia, euphoria, emotion, questioning. And there're many instants of suspension between the answers. The video image is composed by these intimate moments of reflection, distended by the editing. That which is not said seems to be as revealing as what is expressed in their answers. On the audio track, voices mix and overlap, ideas are repeated and contradicted. But the whispers form only one almost indistinct mantra, echoing thoughts and experiences about love. The faces images that play in slow motion, added to the profusion of voices that alternate in both audio channels and the subtitles that translate them, defy the spectator: he must create his own narrative, combining his reflection to the material presented to him.

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