‘Salix Tree’ is the documentation of a displaced domestic space and a self-ethnographic document meant to be experienced as a passage between languages,a concentration of voices whose identity remains opaque. Some of these voices materialize into complete translation, while others provide a departure from national identity and its dominant linguistic form. In which language does one self-documents when there is no mother tongue anymore?. Whatever second language we are communicating with, no matter how much we master it, we never quite own it. Language is a masquerade as much as it is a product of domestication and control. As immigrants we are meant to forever wander between the home we just lost and the one we have to construct for ourselves once again. When at exile our personal history somehow transfigures into a systematic articulation of mythologies, evoking the imaginary. Is the narrator who is telling the story identical with the narrator about whom the story is being told?. I shot the footage appropriating narrative and stylistic strategies from home movies, such as shaky camera, people acknowledgement of the presence of the camera, and documentation of rites of passage. I consider the home movie not only as an important component of popular culture but also as a place colliding self-ethnographic practice with family representation and kinship affiliations.

Salix Tree
B&W, Stereo
Super8mm to 2k
10 mins.
2015

A documentary by Victor Arroyo

Shot with super8mm, hand processed,
re-photographed and scan to 2k.

Music by Christian Olsen.
Color Correction by Oswaldo Toledano.

Laboratory services and 2k scan provided
by Frame Discreet.
www.framediscreet.com

Produced with assistance by Main Film.
Centre d’artistes voué au cinéma indépendant.
www.mainfilm.qc.ca

Exhibitions


FOFA Gallery
2016.
Montreal, Canada.
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Santa Fe International New Media Festival 2016
US.
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Analogica/Jornadas de Reapropiacion 2016
Centro de Cultura Digital
Mexico.
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Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá
2016.
Colombia.
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Gallery Z Art Space
Dissonant Integrations.
2016.
Montreal, Canada.
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Smita Patil Documentary Film Festival
2015.
India.
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IV Festival Internacional de Documentales de Antofagasta
2015.
Chile.
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Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM
2015.
Montreal, Canada.
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Antimatter Media Art Festival
2015.
Victoria, Canada.
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Intermediaciones
Video Art and Experimental Video Showcase.
2015.
Colombia.
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Simultan 2015
Romania.
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ANALOGICA 2015
Italy.
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VLAFF 2015
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
Vancouver, Canada.
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NodoCCS 2015
International Festival of Video Art.
Venezuela.
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FIVAC 2015
Galería Republica 289.
Cuba.
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