"In the Blink of an Eye" – a Short Film by Olek

"In the Blink of an Eye" – a Short Film by Olek

In the Blink of an Eye from olek.

About the film, in Olek’s own words:

When I first visited Avesta in the summer of 2015, I proposed to the Avesta/Verket Museum that we recreate a traditional home. In April 2016, I did. However, the work took a drastic turn when I decided to invite refugees from Syria and Ukraine to be part of my team. After a couple days of crocheting, sewing, and listening to audiobooks and music from various countries, we broke the ice and a conversation started that has changed me forever. It is one thing to read about the events in those parts of the world, but it is something totally different to actually look in the eyes of the women who lost everything while running from the war.

Their candid stories of their recent experiences and the horrors of their home countries made me want to illustrate their struggle through the piece we were creating. I decided to blow up my crocheted house inside the museum to demonstrate the current, unfortunate situation worldwide, where hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. In 2015, over 27.8 million people in 127 countries lost their homes due to conflict, violence and disasters. (link to internal-displacement.org/globalreport2016/)

This installation will reopen in the Avesta/Verket Museum in May 2017 and will run through September 2018.

Powerful is a very over-used word in today’s climate of “snackable content,” but I have no trouble using it here. Honest and brave, Olek continues to challenge us in ways many artists are too fearful to explore.

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