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Sonia El Eini, Péter Forgács
March 21st 1996
Les vidéos que nous aimons

A selection of Nelson Henricks
Optica, a center for contemporary art will present "Les videos que nous aimons", the first series of on-going events focusing on Montreal video artists and the work which have informed their practices. This evening’s programme will be hosted by Nelson Henricks, who has decided to present two recent videotapes from Hungary.

The writings of psychiatrist and poet Roland D. Laing (translated into Hungarian knots) provide the basis for "Why Did the Peacock Scream?" (1993), a humourous made-for-television work by Sonia El Eini. Why are we here? What are we made of? What, perhaps whom, do we eat? And why? The answers to these questions come from children, who with their innocence and severity, throw some light on the most profound philosophical questions concerning existence.

In "Meanwhile Somewhere…1940-43: An Unknown War (III)" (1994), award-winning director Péter Forgács has created a lyrical work built entirely from home movie footage shot during the first half of World War Two. Scenes of everyday life in Holland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France and Hungary are compiled in order to propose a private history of Europe during war. Forgács confronts us with the banality and brutality of life during wartime in a manner that is both subtle and poignant.
-Press release (Optica)