Sound Piece, 2018
Archival voice: The British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist Leonora Carrington (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011)
Sound Design and Second voice: Annie Goliath
This sound piece, combines fact and fiction to tell the continuing story of Susannah – that started in the previous film Reconfigured Remembrance (2017) – when she docks at the bay of Santa Apolonia in the port of Lisbon. Susannah hears the British-born Mexican surrealist painter and novelist Leonora Carrington (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011), screaming that she needs to get to Mexico. Mexico is the place Leonora travelled to in her real life after allegedly escaping a Spanish mental asylum, in which she was incarcerated after her lover Max Ernst was arrested by the Nazis at the outbreak of WW2. Susannah invites her to board the ark and during their voyage Leonora shares parts of her nostalgic memories with her. Leonora's archival recollections have contradictions that reveal the reconstructive and unreliable nature of memories and selfhood. The fictional conversation between Susannah and Leonora also reflect on feminist concerns, displacement and the environment.