Hic Non Est. From Scenes and Scenery of the Holy Land

Palestine 2013

UK 2014

Multi-channel Film and Sound Installation

30 mins Loop / Super 8 / HD

Projection onto 50×50 photography print.

TV Monitor / Uprooted Tree


Hic Non Est

Hic Non Est (He is not here) is a moving image and sound installation that takes the form of an assemblage of memories, thoughts and experiences collected by Nazare Soares in Palestine between April and May 2013. Hic Non Est plays with the idea of representation or reconstruction of memory and aimed to construct a piece that contains memory and experience in the form of sound and image. The structure of the piece was inspired by the pilgrim and missionary books written in the holy land towards the end of the 19th century, the moving image work aims to evoke some of the illustrative style of these volumes. Hic Non Est is made in collaboration with music composer Andrew Stuart-Buttle; the soundscape, created from mainly sound material recorder in Palestine, aims to give the viewer the experience of being present in the environment on screen whilst creating a sense of the presence of others in the same space throughout history.

” Language has unmistakably made plain that memory is not an instrument for exploring the past,
but rather a medium. It is the medium of that which is experienced, just as the earth is the
medium in which ancient cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must
conduct himself like a man digging. Above all, he must not be afraid to return again and again to
the same matter; to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the
matter itself is no more than the strata which yield their long-sought secrets only to the most
meticulous investigation. That is to say, they yield those images that, severed from all earlier
associations, reside as treasures in the sober rooms of our later insights”
Walter Benjamin: Excavation and Memory

Hic Non Est (Ramallah Fragment) (Excerpt 1.54 min ) from Nazare Soares on Vimeo.

 

Hic Non Est, From scenes and scenery of the Holy Land, A Film installation. 24 – 26 October 2014 at Community Arts Centre ,31 Queens Road , Brighton

The film installation proposed for curator of Community Arts Center, Jenny Milarski, involved breaking the original film down into fragments, visitors explored an immerse film experience structured in the form of visual diary; the structure of missionary and pilgrim books is applied to create the sense of going through the old book. In addition, Moving Image artist James Johnson who traveled to Palestine with Nazare was invited to screen his work Impenetrable Thicket made especially for this occasion.