Ouroboros machine, 2015.
This video work was made on an artist residency in Iceland in 2015, during a long sunless winter. It focuses on the conveyor belt of a machine designed to pack dried fish to be sent overseas. I remember they told me it was going to Nigeria to be used in soup stock.
The video is a continuous loop of fish remains ascending on a conveyor belt. Despite being dead, these fish are fidgety; they jostle and fall as they are pulled upwards. At moments they seem oddly expressive, their movements conveying an uncanny sense of liveliness.
This work was made with support of the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship (NAVA).