The Diver

Jumana Emil Abboud [Pal., 2004, 5 min,num., VOA/Original English version]

Le plongeur ou la plongeuse de The Diver est anonyme, sans genre défini ni nationalité, et animé.e par une quête incessante du « Coeur ».  Faisant du costume de plongée sous-marine son ultime camouflage, comme déguisement ou mécanisme de défense, le monde du/de la (son identité) est quelque peu ambigu, inconnu et laissé pour compte.


The Diver is a video narrative that tells the story of a Diver who is anonymous in gender, name, and nationality, and is on an endless search to find “Heart”. The places the Diver visits are nameless, referred to only as “earth, sea, sky, and snow.” They are unclaimed territories that the Diver passes through on his/her quest for “Heart”. Using the diving suit as the ultimate veil, disguise or defense mechanism, the Diver’s world (as his/her identity), is somewhat ambiguous, unknown, unclaimed. On one level, the Diver is an outcast, it is certain that s/he has a home but it is not known where or who that home is. The Diver is endlessly searching, committed in his/her quest for “Heart”. Seeking the advice of others along this quest and wandering from one place to another. Yet, on another level, the Diver is portrayed as being a kind of “superhero”, (s/he is applauded for being unique) an independent traveler who is ready to venture into “unknown places” with relentless will and calm solitude.


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