Jean Marie Casbarian




Filmed only days before the attack on the World Trade Center, a night in late August 2001 is an 18-minute encounter with nightfall. As the horizon line appears and disappears only to reappear again, we are reminded of the innocent bystander incognizant of an impending catastrophe. The evening slowly turns to darkness, the image degrades, and it is only in retrospect that we contemplate our own ignorance and begin to understand that violence can be mysteriously organic, occurring suddenly to catch us unaware. On an adjacent wall, the scarred wing of a Common Blue Morpho addresses the Chaos Theory (a butterfly flapping his wings over the ocean creates a disaster in another part of the world); the butterfly becomes the personification of the soul, whether living or dead.