Minik Bidstrup

Sila

Sila is a video-based project that delves into the psychological space in which I have found myself over the past few years, one that has intensified during the pandemic. I find myself lost, longing for quiet and calm in the chaos that inhabits my mind.

The video was made with black-and-white still images, produced every day, mostly between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. in New York, starting March 15, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a soundtrack that draws on traditional storytelling, such as drum dancing from East Greenland and throat singing from Nunavut, this project explores the relativity of the perception of reality.

Sila is a Pan-Inuit word with a variety of meanings, including consciousness, the universe, the world, the weather, the air, and the space outside.


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