Isabel Rocamora - Faith
Stills is delighted to be supporting Isabel Rocamora in the development of Faith. Conceived as an iconographic triptych, Faith intimately observes the act of worship of the three monotheistic religions in Jerusalem.
The film is set in the historically significant landscapes of the Judean desert, providing a Biblical reference from which all three traditions feed. In the wilderness of the Holy Land, far from the built and contested territories, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim pray in synchronicity of time and place. The continuity of extended shots foregrounds an uncanny similarity of inner state and gestural intention. Questioning segregation while celebrating difference, Faith invites reflection on one of the most tragic, world resonating conflicts that persist in this new century.
In order to capture the authenticity of local ritual, the artist has chosen three religious personalities who each, in turn, are representative of an originary Jewish, Christian and Muslim lineage, rooted in the old city of Jerusalem. The first belongs to the Cohen family (Breslav community), the second to the Greek Orthodox order (Church of Nativity) and the third to Sunni Islam at Al Aqsa Mosque (presented by its official Koran reader). The three morning prayers are respectively set in the Qumran Canyon (archaeological Jewish site), Wadi Qelt (setting of Christian retreat caves) and Nebi Musa (pilgrimage to Mecca).
Produced by the Isabel Rocamora Studio, co-produced by Galila's Collection, Brussels and the Koffler Gallery (Chad and Lisa Wolfond). Partnering with Galeria SENDA. Funded by Creative Scotland.
Acts of Faith, a distinct single screen edit, will be available from Autumn 2015.
Image credits: Film still of Faith, a film by Isabel Rocamora, 22 mins, UK, 2 K to HD, 2015. © The artist. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria SENDA.
Isabel Rocamora (1968) is a British-Spanish artist filmmaker whose work considers the performative nature of human gesture and its relationship to individual and cultural identity. Awarded internationally, Rocamora's moving image work can be seen in museums and filmothèques worldwide. Her films have been exhibited, amongst others, at Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel and the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna. She has been selected for international surveys of videoart at Artium Museum of Modern Art, Vitoria, The Pacific Centre, L.A., Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona and MAC Museum, Galicia. Current and recent exhibitions include The Venice Bienale (Colaterali) and The Koffler Gallery (Toronto).
Isabel teaches film at Edinburgh University and the Screen Academy and has been widely invited to give artist talks in the context of her exhibitions, these include: the Whitechapel Gallery and the Architects' Association, London; the Royal Art Circle, Barcelona; Hamidrasha School of Art, Israel and A.M Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.
Rocamora's work is in several international collections. She lives and works between Edinburgh and Barcelona and is represented by Galeria SENDA.