BILL VIOLA EXHIBITION
Grand Palais, Paris 2014

3 The Encounter 2 THE ENCOUNTER
EXCHANGE

An arid, luminous landscape.
Two women walking towards us, the viewers, from a great distance.
A young woman on the left side of the image, an older woman on the right.
They each inhabit their own world, moving on separate paths.
I stand in front of them, focusing my attention
first on one, then on the other. After a time, their walks bring them close to us.
Their features and expressions become discernible.
They turn towards each other and continue to walk until they are face to face.
They touch, and something passes between them, sending shivers through my body.
The figures then fade into each other, change sides, and turn to walk back into the distance.
As they recede, I feel the substance of their exchange coursing through me.

 

 

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