Iñigo Salaberria

Disdirak offers us a peculiar approach to reality. The gaze, the reflection and the memory, compose a video that combines quiet images and a calm attitude with the harshness of the landscape and of the work in the quarry. Disdirak refers to different spaces that are evoked in our thoughts.

A voice over accompanies a visual journey composed of reflections. The writer Antonio Muñoz Molina reads a text of his, published in the Spanish newspaper El País, that talks about the gaze: The gaze as a life on hold, as a questioning for which the surface of things suffices, but which, nevertheless, wants to get beyond it. A gaze that distances itself from art and literature to reveal mysteries hidden in reality.

The images presented in the video function as reflections of themselves. A reflection appears on the surface of water, but also, on the smooth surfaces of rocks. The quarry, the salt mines, will one day loose their physical status, their materiality, and will end up dissolved. Human labour modifies the natural space until it offers us the possibility of looking with new eyes, appreciating the labour and time involved. In Muñoz Molina’s words, we find in Disdirak plenitude engrossed in her mirrored reflection.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Disdirak
  • Direction: Iñigo Salaberria
  • Production: Iñigo Salaberría. 1992.
  • Duration: 00:09:58
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright