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In Abwesenheit/In Absentia and All Inclusive

All Inclusive by Markus Keim and Beate Hecher

In Abwesenheit/In Absentia

Markus Keim and Beate Hecher, 2012

A reconstruction of a collaboration that was never able to take place, In Absentia evokes Syria and its civil war in the Egyptian desert 1000 km away from Damascus where it was planned to take place. Two figures dressed in black move against the light-colored sand, later dropping and blending into a pattern of black sheets of plastic that mark the ground like graves, flashed by dates and locations of civilian massacres by states around the world.


All Inclusive

Markus Keim and Beate Hecher, 2012

In All Inclusive, the camera pans to reveal a lone snorkeler, standing in an unfinished construction. The snorkeler evokes images of Jean Painlevé and images by Chris Marker. As the camera continues its pan, clones of the lone snorkeler are revealed as the sound of police sirens and explosions appear. Later, a German-language male voice of a hotelier assures a German-language female voice that the political situation in Egypt has not disturbed his guests ability to “indulge in a rich buffet” since “ordinary tourist life continues normally.”

 

Markus Keim (Italy) and worked with various media of film, video, photography, performance, installation and theater works. He lives and works in Vienna.

Beate Hecher (Austria), studied in Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and worked with various media of film, video, photography, performance, installation and theater works. She lives and works in Vienna.

Their collaborative works were invited to the several international festivals and venues.