Each “chapter” of this video work responds to one country’s flood, exploring individual, family, and community responses. The eight chapters cover Thailand (2011), Nigeria (2012), German (2013), The Philippines (2013), The UK (2014), India (2014), Brazil (2015), and the USA (2015).
A key element of these is the video portraits I shoot alongside still submerged portraits. They establish a tension between the frozen, captured photographic moment, and the perpetual movement and uncertainty within that dystopian flooded environment.
The editing of Water Chapters formally contributes to the non-documentary style of the videos, focusing on the filmic and photographic qualities of each shot, and never imposing a cut within a shot situation.
A looped, single-channel sequence of these chapters has enriched several exhibitions of Drowning World, providing additional environmental context, along with sound and movement.
The full version: 35 minutes, 18 seconds
Trailer: 2minutes, 8 seconds