The Guardian, 2009 (excerpt)
Running time: 3:26 minutes / HD / colour
Mbark Hedioui, the caretaker, stands in the interior of an abandoned synagogue in Amzrou, a Kasbah in Southern Morocco. His recitations of the names of the Jewish families who used to lived in the area act as markers to a community that no longer exists in its place of origin.
Camera: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio mix: Patrick Andrew Boivin
like a figure from a Rembrandt painting
he stands illuminated by light
veiled by dust
bewildered, confused, surprised
through all of this we are closely observed
in total confusion
by Mbark, the guardian
cradling, fondling, in constant motion
to the rhythm of prayer
his silver lock and key
the insistent buzz of flies
recall the verses of Hebrew prayer
from generations past
and I know
I cannot capture lost time
Note: The subject of the Moroccan series concerns the Jewish Berbers of southern Morocco who lived there for 2500 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.
This video was shown at the exhibition Amzrou/Morocco at Galerie J. Yahouda, Montréal in 2013.