video installation from Super 8 film
on view at the 56th Venice Biennale
installation view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo
“The only doctrine I have as an artist is to not allow the dust of the past to settle.” -Steve McQueen
The film has its roots in a trip that McQueen made to the Caribbean in 2001, while shooting another piece. McQueen was struck by the appearance of a young man who went by the name Ashes. The resulting clips simply capture the young man’s slender figure as it rises and falls in his small fishing boat, with only the stark blues of the West Indian sea and sky as a backdrop.