Interviewing Objects #2

Eulàlia Valldosera
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Objects as tools for defining those who own them. In this case, three immigrant women in Barcelona talk about their belongings and thus draw a map of their intimacy. Each piece is a story, an origin, and a reason for being, both in regard to their new lives as well as the earlier ones. Interviewing Objects #2: objetos migrantes belongs to a video series that started in 1997.

In the series Eulalia Valldosera analyzes the sentimental relationships that people establish with their belongings. The intention was to draw a universal map of necessary objects, where the person is projected through daily articles, with which they establish close mutual relations. In this case, with migration as a common context, the objects become personal experiences that have helped their owners to re-identify with their new place of residence. With this magic intimacy, they are able to redefine their homes: house as temple in the case of Olga who comes from Chile, house as museum in the case of Khadija from Morocco and Alejandra, from Cuba, lives in an absent house. The daily experiences of each of the three women, among the many who were interviewed in 2001, appear to influence every object in their testimonies. Objects – some of which were left in the newly rented house by the previous residents, others that the women left in their home countries, objects that function as substitutes for those left behind, objects found in the street, etc. – that weave a series of relationships that enable the spectator to appreciate the owners' characters. “In reality our objects function as mediators that transform a living space into a place where we feel protected.” Objects that foster faith in oneself, in community, and in social recognition. Three portraits that come into being by reflecting on people's property and longings. Twenty-seven objects, twenty memories. The deepest privacy is brought to the screen in search of a spectator and a witness.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Interviewing Objects #2
  • Direction: Eulàlia Valldosera
  • Production: Arquitectos sin Fronteras (ASF-E) y el Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. 2001.
  • Team:

    Editing: Virginia García del Pino
    Testimonies: Olga, Khadija, Alejandra

  • Duration: 00:16:30
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright