T h e G r e y H o u r
art film by Valentina Gelain
The art film highlights how we can relate emotionally to the environment to express our inner mental and emotive states.
In this case, starting from a personal experience, it shows a frame of mind connected to apathy, the inability to act, the difficulty of self-relating and, specifically, the dissociative disorders. More generally, to a hard period, which can be linked to depression (or not), to a turbulent emotional state or, in this case, a stuckness moment.
The Grey Hour is an intimate encounter and dialogue with oneself, played with shades of grey and, paradoxically, with beauty and harmony, which want to give space and light to mental issues that are often still victims of taboos in today's society.
The project is the artist's most recent multidisciplinary art production and its body of work includes: film (video art), photographs, performance, crafting and poetry.
However, the main part of the production is composed of the art film in question, which was made during the year, among the interiors of Malakta (Malax) and natural landscapes of Ostrobothnia, Finland. The filming session was mainly concentrated in the spring, when the territory offered the shades and colours that Gelain was searching for the work. Tones and instants explicitly ancticipated by the title.
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Credits: Direction - Valentina Gelain | Camera - Jukka Rajala, Bekim Hasaj | Editing - Valentina Gelain, Jukka Rajala | Sound/Music - Stefan Backas | Assistant - Bekim Hasaj
Sponsors & Partners: Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, Svenska Kulturfonden | Malakta kb & Malakta Films ltd
The art projects has been kindly supported by Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet & Svenska Kulturfonden.
Thank you to Malakta for the technical support.
Photos from the project moodboard - advertising launch picture.
Dripping Cavities exhibition at Makers' Gallery, Vaasa, Finland, December 2021.
Art Film Premiere, in collaboration with Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Filmcentrum Botnia rf, at Drama Hall on December 17th, Vaasa, Finland.