Hem of Memory

2 Channel Video 13.12 mins 2018

Hems of Memory comprises a 2008 video documentary interview with Halina Kisilevski, who played Claudia, the female lead of Il Contratto. After many years Halina is presented with images of herself in the film. Her interview is combined with images and narrative fragments from the archival film with the addition of a literary interpretation from author Hazel Smith, whose poetical text highlights Halina’s thoughts, feelings and memories. As a further narrative layer, the video recording of Halina and Smith’s prose poem are re-situated in another space and time – a tailor’s shop in North Carlton.