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When I began the process of researching this work, I had resolved to tell more of other peoples’ stories. What started as an internationally-focused idea exploring what it means to be part of a diaspora and have grandparents of a different nationality soon took on other threads, as it became necessary to respond to dramatic events in the world. As Nina Simone put it: ‘It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times’. So I have done my best to be present with my emotions and others', and acknowledge events both close and distant.
So, in Catabasis // Anabasis, stories range wide and mingle closely, with the micro and macro, personal and political sitting firmly alongside each other. I hope you enjoy.
JW, June 2020
Gratitude and love to:
Jaap van Hamond – Mixing on Veikko + Cicadas On The Lawn; Mastering.
Heike Scherlie – Co-producer on Wall and Archerless Arrow.
Noah Hassler-Forest – Violin on Archerless Arrow.
Emmi Kniivilä – Recitation on Veikko.
Mees van Driel van Wageningen – Dance; Camera Assistant.
Finya Verhoef – Camera Assistant.
Max Boeijinga - Camera Enabler.
Lidy Six & Esmée Olthuis – Coaching and Support.
All music and lyrics by Javier Wallis, except:
- Poem in ‘Veikko’ – Nocturne 1903 by Eino Leino
- ‘Wall’ written by Heike Scherlie & Javier Wallis
Pagan Otherworlds Tarot Deck by UUSI Design Studio
All images / footage are either used by permission, with Creative Commons Attribution License, or covered under fair use for educational purposes. Contributions were by:
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