Aarau

Ingrid Wildi

Aargauer Kunsthaus

An elderly woman sits on the edge of a bed, smoothing down a knitted sweater. “I predicted the Berlin Wall, too—five years ahead of time.” With these words, spoken almost as an aside, a journey begins, leading from Santiago to the desert in the north of Chile. In her sixty-eight-minute-long DVD ¿Aqui vive la señora Eliana M…?, 2003, Ingrid Wildi interviews her way through relatives and acquaintances in search of her mother, with whom she had lost all contact since childhood. The camera follows the search closely but never relinquishes some last crucial bit of documentary distance. Tension is created through the curiosity aroused by the search for clues from a great range of interviewees who are just as likely to offer anecdotes, great and small, from their own daily lives. From this search for the mother emerges a subjective portrait of a society. The film, document of both memory

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