Schottland, Schweden 2017
1-Kanal-Video-Installation/Single-Channel Video Installation
The Return is a work about cycles and returns, reappearance, repetitions and recurrences in space and time. The work utilises the form of the circle, the associations of home and dwelling, and the symbolism of fire, as agent of both destruction and renewal, beginning and ending, in an exploration of loss, return and the mythic and philosophical notions of the cyclical nature of time and history.
The Return references the penultimate scene in Tarkovsky’s, The Sacrifice, in which a character burns down his house. When shooting this scene the camera jammed and it was not recorded. Tarkovsky’s final act of production, before dying of cancer, was to rebuild this house in order to reshoot the scene. The house in The Return is a copy of that in The Sacrifice, which in turn was modelled on Tarkovsky’s own.