Part of Oblivion

Linnaeus Flower Clock

Fiona Tan

(The Netherlands, 1998, video, 17:00)

This is a monument to a holiday romance. Fiona is herself the central image in this symmetrical construction of close-up photographs, taken each day by her lover on their holiday. They are eternally imprisoned in each others’ gaze. Fiona fries to conjure up the inevitable loss of memories by using repetitions and reversals in time. Flowers keep opening and closing. “I remember the first time you gave me flowers. Now I give you these flowers, yours to keep.”


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