‘made in absence’ concerns the topics of absence and imagination in Greek cultural heritage. The protagonist of the film is the most debated museum of Greece: the Acropolis Museum, which hosts a vast collection of archeological findings from the Acropolis rock. With the absence of visual footage of the museum collection due to filming restrictions, the voices of two narrators – along with other textual elements – guide the viewer through an imaginary tour of the museum. The voices and imagery offer diverse conceptions about the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, belonging, heritage, cultural identity, art, and reproduction in the process of making and disputing memory. The concepts of absence and imagination are both the conceptual subject as well as the visual focus of the film. An exhibition we can only imagine: the blurred imagery, souvenirs, and hand-drawn illustrations invite the audience to contemplate what is not present and what can only be recreated in our minds.
Artist from Greece, living in Athens and working at the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC). Dora completed her studies in History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Film Studies in the Public Vocational and Training Institute of Haidari, Athens. She has worked as a director’s assistant/production assistant/script supervisor in numerous short films and video projects. Currently, she focuses on her projects which concern the observational ethnographic documentation.
Artist from the Netherlands, currently living and working in London, UK. Julie has a BA in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics, MLitt in Fine Art Practice from the Glasgow School of Art, and is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. Her artistic practice is informed by anthropological, sociological, and human rights discourse. She experiments in multimedia with real and surreal ethnographic documentation, and questions how art can stabilise, decontextualise, and conserve historical and cultural narratives. Website: https://cargocollective.com/juliereintjes
UNESCO consultant in the project Shared Management of Brazilian Cultural Heritage, works with safeguard policies for intangible cultural heritage. Paula has a Master degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage and a BA in Social Sciences. She has directed an ethnofiction entitled Stone Cutters as part of her master’s research that deals with both the stone cutting craft and the conditions for preserving this traditional knowledge and practice.