On the occasion of the exhibition “Deadly Charm of Snakes” by Angelika Markul in its space, Galería Albarrán Bourdais wishes to deepen and make a retrospective of her viewing videos resulting from reflections about our existence and evolution that lead her on expeditions to unsuspected places .
In her artistic practice, Angelika Markul investigates lost, unknown, sometimes even dangerous places, and digs into worlds in which reality and fiction are difficult to disassociate. With an extraordinary production, through her videos she makes us reflect, and leads us to discover unusual places that could be perceived as unreal.
In “La Mémoire des Glaciers” Angelika delves into a process of reflection that she began more than ten years ago around questions related to origin, memory, bodies and places, destruction and the cycle of life. This film is a myth at the confluence of science and fiction, the first of a trilogy about the origin and existence of humanity and its evolution. The starting point of the film is the discovery of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which could entail an explanation about the origin of life on Earth. The video installation recounts the tragic melting of a glacier in southern Patagonia, evoking the amputation of a gangrenous body. At the heart of these organic rocks, comets, and glaciers, birth and death are present at the same level. Markul reveals these secrets of nature (real or fictitious) through images tinged with mystery.
In “Terre de Départ” Angelika Markul makes us reconsider the ancestral wisdoms, the excesses of the industrial world and the weaknesses of modern knowledge, like an ethereal pilgrimage towards a future to be reinvented. Through her work she takes us into total darkness, she soaks us in a Lynchian atmosphere to which she drives us through a mixture of sounds, those of the air and the magnetic fields of the planets. The video represents a starry night, an accelerated night cycle. With scientific clarity, it reveals all the vitality of the world of stars through its astrophysical micro-events: chromatic variations, stellar associations, asteroid paths … By giving ecology a universal dimension, the videographer reconnects with an ancient tradition from which she is inspired; she takes up the belief of the indigenous people of Chile, that our planet is only a place of transition before a definitive trip to the stars.
Along these lines, “Bepicolombo” leaves us a lot of space to imagine a story towards a possible departure of humanity to another place. “Bepicolombo” takes its name from the mission to explore the planet Mercury that was launched in October 2018 and which is carried out by the European Space Agency conjointly with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The two orbiters that participante in the mission should find themselves around Mercury in December 2025. Mercury remains a little-known planet, and yet its proximity to the Sun makes it an important scientific target to understand the youth of the Solar System. The video confronts the images captured by this satellite in relation to some diamond overground mines located in Eastern Siberia. Their breach covers an area of several kilometers what makes them visible from satellites. Through these images, Angelika Markul conveys both the desire for expansion and the destructive capacity inherent in humanity.
In her research of origins, one of her latest film projects has been made in the Australian region of Brrom, a place where dinosaur tracks are present along the entire coast. Her project is an extension of the work carried out by scientists and aboriginal researchers; Angelika enters a magical world marked by appearances and disappearances, sequences of moments in which the movements of the sea and the moon allow us to discover those traces with different visions, sometimes sculptural. Hence the name of the video, “Marella” evokes the beliefs of Goolarabooloo, creative God also known as Imu Man or Marella. The God Marella came to create the world, nature and men, and left these footprints, the protagonists of Angelika Markul’s film.
The exhibition “Origin” offers several visions that make us think and force us to take a break showing us an incredible world, difficult to perceive in the whirlwind of our daily lives.