Dust and Light, 2009 (excerpt)
Running time: continuous loop / HD / colour
Dust illuminated by light floats in space.
Location: an abandoned synagogue in Amzrou, a kasbah in southern Morocco.
Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Pise, the traditional material used in the buildings of the area is as free as the earth. It is the ground one walks on. It is in a continual state of erosion, shedding fine dust. Today, after years of abandonment, the synagogue is filled with layers of dust accumulated over generations.
The subject of the Moroccan series concerns the Jewish Berbers of southern Morocco who lived there for 2,500 years. The work is a poetic evocation of a place and marks the dispersion of a society from its home, its place of origin. It is the result of research, interviews and several trips that I made to southern Morocco, starting in 1981 that culminated in a series of videos, photographs and drawings.