Nesrine Khodr – Cleo Campert


Nesrine Khodr (b.1973, lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon)
Cleo Campert (b.1963, lives and works in Amsterdam)

Ellen de Bruijne is proud to present two artists whose work both in different ways concern narrating and documenting. Tracks leading to different places.

The work of filmmaker Nesrine Khodr often takes the form of essay or documentary essay. It addresses topics such as the urban space and how its inhabitants interact with it as well as issues such as borders, mobility and territoriality. Some of her work also attempts to capture ephemeral moments through films that much resemble haikus in their approach. At Ellen de Bruijne Projects she will present two works. ‘Enclosures’ has been produced in 2004 when she was in Holland at the Rijksakademie. Enclosures deals with concepts of home and exile, as well as the feeling of being foreign and the “Fortress Europe”. It is a film about a journey, a reflection on borders and what it means to live illegally in a country. The second piece is filmed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 2005. It traces a movement between one point in the city to another just before nightfall. Not much of the street is directly revealed through this drive that feels more like a trip than a mere short crossing from one place to the other. The intricate soundscape transports us through different territories as we try to capture the contours of the street and construct an image of it.

As a self-made photographer Cleo Campert has worked many years making photographic reports of daily, urban life and journalistic issues. For the former nightclub Roxy she was the house photographer. In her photographs she was able to get to the heart of nightlife. After searching the darkness of the clubbing scene she got out to broaden her horizon by travelling the world. While touring through countries as diverse as Cuba, Gambia and Belgium she discovered a common place. In Ellen de Bruijne Projects she will show her personal documents of people waiting, standing still, or frozen in a scene. Capturing these moments the apathy becomes visible, almost tangible and seemingly suffering, their motionless figures are nearly swallowed by the ominous darkness around them.

Exhibition: 26/11/05 – 07/01/06

Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
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