video, 18:00, 2020
The Australian eco philosopher Glenn Albrecht refers with the term solastalgia to the relation between environmental degradation and the mental wellbeing of the people living and working in the degraded area. The eponymous film ‘Solastalgia’ shows the transformation of a limestone quarry from industry to nature area, and captures what influence this change has on the wellbeing of its users. It shows the many different users of this area and their interests; from former employees of the factory to the sheepherder who deals with the vegetation of the area, from a protest group to someone who wanders illegally in the underground tunnel system. The film shows the multi layeredness of a quarry and how one place can carry many different stores
Eline Kersten (NL)
Eline Kersten graduated from a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in the Netherlands, after which she undertook an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths University in London. Currently she is living a nomadic life and is practitioning as an artist and independent curator. At the moment, she collaborating with artist-colleague Paul Devens on an artwork that addresses the conflict between economy and ecology on the Caribbean island Curacao. She is also preparing a new short film that deals with the disappearance of the last primeval forest in Europe.