Pasolini Pa* Palestine
51 min, 2005, video still
Courtesy of the artists
'Pasolini Pa* Palestine' is an attempt to repeat Pasolini's trip to Palestine in his film 'Seeking Locations in Palestine for ‘The Gospel According to Matthew’' in 1963. It adapts his script into a route map superimposed on the current landscape, creating contradictions and breaks between the visual and the audible, the expected and the real. The video explores the question of repetition. For Heidegger Wiederholung 'repetition, retrieval', is one of the terms he uses for the appropriate attitude towards the past. "By the repetition of a basic problem we understand the disclosure of its original, so far hidden possibilities". The project ventures a conversation and a dialogue with Pasolini especially his 'Poem for the Third World'. Discutere, (to smash to pieces), is the Latin source of dialogue, discussion. The work does not criticize Pasolini, but reveals unnoticed possibilities in his thought and works back to the experiences that inspired it.
'Pasolini Pa* Palestine' was commissioned by Almamal Foundation Residency in Jerusalem.