Water Panics in the Sea

Laleh Khorramian

The United Nations Development Programme

Water Panics in the Sea was the fourth in a series of short films by Khorramian based on the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Constructed through a process of iterative magnification and manipulation of minute details derived from mono-type prints and drawings, the film sought to question our habituated perception by an intricate use of scale, distance, time and space. Reflecting on human themes of odyssey and conquest, the film followed the voyage of a ghost ship as it traverses the ocean waters through an accelerated, indistinct chronology, underscoring the seemingly infinitesimal, the absurd, and the epic.

"While I stage my stories in fabricated worlds extracted from images, my films try to venture beyond veneers of reality and consciousness into the subconscious, seeking out the potential of fiction and poetry, of imagination and perversion, to access the withdrawn textures of human experience and history." – Laleh Khorramian

Photographs by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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