The experimental video ‘Drifted Times’ is based on a site-specific video installation built in a former Dutch orphanage. The theme ‘orphaned’ was firstly addressed by a historic research. I realised a half-closed space in between the existing file cabinets with black and transparent foils. Then I asked an adopted orphan girl to react in a performance both on the space, the objects and the quotes I found about how orphans lived here centuries ago. Orphans tried to flee the orphanage by going overseas.
The project was made during the artist in residency artgouda in the period from 2nd of May till 5th of June 2016.
Once I saw an old book
Made in wartime
A photo of a brother
Was he dead or just asleep?
This image keeps coming back
Things are happening outside of me
What vessel brought me here?
I hear those voices all the time
Voices that I can not understand
They gave me red and white
Feels like I am being marked out
Becoming some one else’s property
Please let me breathe
The air they brought in was still salty
They came obviously from afar
I was not interested in their travels
It is too heavy to wash ashore
But they gave me a reason
A reason in drifted times