Video installation Emmy's World
A video – installation at the heart of the exhibition contains 18 short movies presented in 18 boxes with 18 monitors and players. The design of each of the boxes allows a single view focus. Design by DNVDK
Video installation – Emmy's World
Life cycles have their seasons: just as warm sunshine makes way for icy cold, and vice versa, Emmy, Ben and Egbert’s lives were marked by alternating periods of illness, sadness, love and happiness. Well into their 80s, they undertook a long holiday journey through the south of France in a car packed to the roof with camping gear. They were accompanied by Hanne van der Woude, who had started filming in order to capture the dialogues between Emmy and Ben. The result was a huge archive of film material, a small part of which is shown in this installation.
The filmed interactions reveal the deep connection between this married couple, which for Van der Woude is the ultimate expression of love. She sees it in the scene filmed during their French holiday, in which Emmy walks into the river fully clothed, as usual. Van der Woude records their most intimate moments, such as when Egbert, his fragile body nearing death, manages to give himself a bath. But she also sees it in their enjoyment of life while on holiday: being on the road, listening to music in a French village, and swimming in a river. Van der Woude also captures magical images at Dodewaard: Emmy spreading a carpet of nuts on the heated bathroom floor, or brushing her long hair outside. Every image conveys Emmy’s inexhaustible energy and her individual way of life.
2015 Huis Marseille
The video installation Emmy's World is part of Huis Marseille's permanent collection
Installation view – Video installation Emmy's World