At Europe's End, 90:00 mins, 2023
For my work I have been visiting the Arctic area of Northern Norway since 2018. During an Artst in Residency in Vadsø in February 2022, I discovered the Varanger region for the first time. Here the idea of a long-term study of this special area was born.
Finnmark is considered one of the most remote areas in Europe. I want to create an essay of selected regions in Finnmark. A sparsely populated area, places characterized by vast landscapes, immense nature and rich history and great (cultural) diversity.
For this film I have revisited the region in different stages throughout all seasons of the year to create some sort of portrait of this unique area together with its inhabitants in a world of ever growing insecurity.
Landscapes as well as places, nature and identities are always changing and transitional but due to political developments and climate change these changes are happening much faster and more fatally.
I have been focusing on the connection between places and identities, the transformation of habitats while reflecting on my own mixed-race (and queer) identity and drifting through this world of war and climate change in 2022-2023.
Landscape shots form the visual framework of this work, the Voice Over carefully interwoven with in parts collaboratively created sounds composed by musicians (partly of this area).
A study of landscapes in transition, vital communities and possible different ways of dealing with our environments. This work is about (cultural) exchange, familiar positions but also changes of perspective, transformations with a focus on sustainability - with places and with people but also regarding the process of filmmaking.
Music by Anne Van Schothorst & Jeroen Van Vliet, Louisa Palmi and Wimme Saari.
Film stills ©Sangam Sharma