Shadow Sites I

Al-Ani, Jananne
Jananne Al-Ani's Shadow Sites I was developed within a body of work titled The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A Land Without People. The artist has written that this body of work ''explored the disappearance of the body in the contested and highly charged landscapes of the Middle East.'' The work was filmed in Jordan using aerial film to capture desert landscapes and archaeological sites whilst also capturing more recent marks on the landscape such as those made by farming, mining and military training. The work takes it title from the act of searching for outlines of archaeological features known as 'shadow sites', which at ground level remain undetected. From the air, when the sun is low in the sky, these sites and features are periodically revealed as the sun passes over them. Al-Ani has explaned that ''Part of the appeal of using the dual technologies of flight and photography in this project lay in the possibility of the landscape itself exposing signs of survival and loss and becoming the bearer of particularly resilient and recurring memories.'' Shadow Sites I was shown as part of a major solo exhibition at Darat al Funn in Amman, Jordan in 2010.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 14 minutes 20seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 1AP
  • Material description: Super 16mm film transferred to HDCAM
  • Credit line: © the artist. Photography Adrian Warren
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC23/2010



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