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Natalya

Michael Curran
1999
12 mins Colour Video

Natalya

The starting point of Curran's Natalya is the Northern legend of the Snow Queen, and the spell cast, since childhood, by the television adaptation of the story, broadcast in the late 1960s.

A primer for the artist's later work Love In A Cold Climate, this tape emerges as some kind of magic ritual, attempting to unearth an almost forgotten memory. Fragments of parallel narratives jostle for attention. As one of the six performers enunciates the names of all the clouds, the feeling is that of awaiting the snow. The piece unfolds as a meditation on memory, mortality and loss.

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