Stabat Mater is a site-specific installation exploring physical and spiritual dichotomies. It was inspired by the work of Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, whose interpretation of the Christian hymn expresses a profound sadness in its lyrics albeit a sense of elevation in its music.
In this installation, the image of a woman, arms outstretched, continuously singing and whirling, is projected on a translucent scrim in front of a wooden, life-sized crucifix.
Once the work was fully realized, its binary nature came to the fore. Upon entering the ossuary viewers were confronted by walls of skulls, the once-dark and silent space was filled with light and music, alleviating the gravity of the crucifixion by the ethereal quality of the projection.
Site specific installation
Single channel video
Marie-Noële Guex Concept, camera
Laure Barras Interpretation
Jean-Selim Abdelmoula Composition, Piano
Mathieu Pont Sound engineer
Jean-Claude Gaberel Sound editor
Philippe De Marchi Stage assistant
Anna Van Bree Costume design
Support for this project has been provided by LOTERIE ROMANDE (CH), ETAT DU VALAIS (CH), POUR CENT CULTUREL MIGROS (CH), VILLE DE MARTIGNY (CH), ZEUGHAUS KULTUR–Brig (CH), ERNEN MUSIKDORF (CH)
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