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Lines describing a circle

Super 16mm transferred to HD video. No sound. 3 min looped on screen.


Circles and the meditative concept of the void reappear in the video work Lines describing a circle (2016) where Antas has filmed close-ups of his parent´s hands repeatedly drawing these forms in pencil and ink, often with less-than-perfect results. Based upon the Zen Buddhist ensō tradition where a circle is drawn every day, one or two uninhibited brushstrokes expresses a moment when the mind is enlightened and free to let the body create. The circles created by Antas´ parents are symbolic in their imperfection and fragility, poetically expressing the process of our lifecycles, joining together the beginning and the end with a playful and light tone.

– text excerpt Louisa Elderton

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