BILL VIOLA EXHIBITION
Grand Palais, Paris 2014
Three women, moving slowly together,
are projected life-size
in black and white on a screen at eye level.
I stand in front of them.
We are in the room together,
though they seem far away, veiled,
in their black and white world. They are moving slowly closer to me,
and then one by one they penetrate the veil,
which spreads water as they break through
and they are in color, vivid, standing there with me.
They have transformed, become warm,
the essence of their beings and their relationship to each other
accessible and radiating outwards towards me.
A few minutes later they retreat again into their black and white world.
But I feel rich, having witnessed their transformation,
having been the recipient of their vibrant selves.
is part of a series called Transfigurations.
About the series, Viola writes:
‘Transfigurations…refers to the moment
when a person or an object is transformed,
not by external means, but from within.
The resulting change is absolute and thorough,
affecting the heart and soul of the subject…
for a person
it reformulates the very fiber of their being,
finally radiating outward
to affect everything around it.’