An Inner Quest
Marina Olympios invites the immobile travellers that we are to
follow her to a poetic journey, in a quest for images and sounds
that she has captured around the world. She carried her camera on
the remains of ancient civilizations and set her sights on the human
silhouettes she met in the fields and in the cities, to make us look
no further than the virginal whiteness of the sand of the Dead Sea
and the rocks of her island to their smallest grain of dust.
Through her eyes, we enter the composition of matter, of the life
that animates the stone and the fluorescence of colours, of the
incredible beauty of forms that nature has forged over the
centuries. She teaches us that the world is within the reach of the
one who knows how to see. Time takes hold of us, insatiable dreamers
in cramped rooms, to abandon us to the magical beauty of her images.
After having surveyed the world with a Rimbaldian feeling of
drunkenness, she came back, like Ulysses from this long journey, to
anchor herself in the land of Cyprus and to go and discover the
riches of her lava soils and her ancestral stones. Attentive to the
«correspondences» perceived by Baudelaire as being the key to the
secret harmony of the universe where everything is answered, Marina
found in the act of painting the natural substitute with the step
the walker to capture on her canvas the wonders that her eyes have
kept in memory.
Following Rimbaud the «seer», she allowed herself to be traversed by
the images accumulated on her retina, to project then their sketch
and their essence, until the alchemy of the colour operates on her
In her film, she takes another step and unveils the festering wounds
that man did to our planet, exposing the horror of its public dumps.
Like the child she was and remains through the eyes of her little
girl who accompanies her, she poses a questioning look at the world
to try to decipher its alphabet.