To Everyone that Waves, 2005–2006
Black & white 16 mm film and stack of white handkerchiefs on white plinth
Approximative time: 3 min 36 s
Amalia Pica’s work reconstructs the past through pedagogic strategies that explore the connections between reality, perception, and memory. In 2005 she organized a happening in the Amsterdam port, while she was studying. She distributed white handkerchiefs among the people on land and aboard a ship, without giving any instructions on what to do, and arranged two cameras to record the event. From each side, participants waved goodbye with their handkerchiefs. Through this simple gesture, Pica constructs a memory that can be repository of different affects and connects us to different times and places.