The video "Poem Reply to Sofía" builds a poetic narration from the documentation of a site-specific environmental installation by Sofía del Pedregal, where she covered different areas of the Ruins of Epecuén in Argentina with semi-transparent lilac fabric. The gaze wanders across the Ruins which, with light touches of wind and semi-transparent cloth, begin to speak. We hear an epistolary poem by the writer Catherine Niu addressed to Sofía that evokes an atmosphere of distanced intimacy.
The video attends to faint traces at the edge of disappearance. It is an embodiment of the various and fleeting shapes of silence, nostalgia, and loneliness. The precarity of the current global context lends itself to anxiety and heaviness, as well as to lightness and beauty, and the video asks the viewer how much we can give to something that seems not to be trying to build any recognizable story but is nonetheless beginning to speak.
"Poem Reply to Sofía" arose from a correspondence of poems between the writer Catherine Niu and the artist Sofía del pedregal during the ongoing pandemic.