Three languages: on the left side of the screen a young man seated on a chair is telling, in German, a story about migration, which a women on a chair on the right side of the screen is telling in English. A voiceover is recounting the same autobiographical story in Slovak. The split-screen technique is used so that the man, woman and the voice, though isolated, relate to each other. In this three-voice spoken round, a personal story is recovered and repeated, and becomes universally valid. At the same time the film is about the possiblity and limits of adopting language and a new culture.
About the artist
Miriam Bajtala was born in 1970 in Bratislava. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1998-2002. She has received studio scholarships for Krumau, Rome and Los Angeles. Miriam Bajtala lives in Vienna.
Die Übung (2010)
Brauchen kritische Räume Zuneigung? (2007)
Im Kasten (2006)
Paranoia (Death Valley) (2005)