MaximeJean-Baptiste &Sandra MuteteriHeremans
THE FIRST IMAGE SHE TOLD ME ABOUT
What does the color black represent? The filmmakers Sandra Muteteri Heremans and Maxime Jean-Baptiste started a conversation about this that gradually evolved into a performance. In it, the artists engage in a conversation about the unsaid, nondialogues, the tension between word and image.
The title of the performance nods to the beginning of Chris Marker’s film essay Sans Soleil, in which a voice talks about a shot of three children: “the first image he told me about,” an image that supposedly represented happiness. Marker first shows a black screen and then the images of three children in a green meadow. If viewers don’t see the happiness, at least they see the black, the voiceover said.
Heremans and Jean-Baptiste present a performance-as-talk about the process of making and struggling to make a new film of their own. In their work, both makers are interested in the link between past and present, the artistic, political, and aftereffects of history on the present.