I just saw the Solo show of Jesper Just at F. Calouste Gulbenkian. The exhibition consisted of 5 screens divided in a long entrance corridor and a massive room with seating. When I entered the big screen was showing men, army like ( sovietic maybe ) singing at night for a crying leader. After the song they jumped off the cliff and fireworks appeared.
On the opposite side of the room another screen lightens up. You have to run not to miss it.
A Voyage in Dwelling shows a woman with a beautiful 50’s dress that takes the viewer through different scenarios. The camera follows her walking through the trees and rays of sunlight, down to the sea. Afterwards she’s in a boat going through different emotional states. Dramatic, strong body language , powerfull soundtrack.
The other two shorts of the triology A Room of One’s Own (2008) and A Question of Silence (2008) follow in the same place. Mirrorred perspectives and a strong visual focusing on materials, textures and patterns. The last short, is disturbing for her physical discomfort and the justaposition with a singing puppet. One of her limbs ends up falling in the end.
No man is an Island follows in the corridor screen. A peculiar middle aged man dances in exhilaration in a public square and a young man watching alone crying. The confrontation of these two opposite emotions in a public space is quite entertaining. When you are usted to the situation it finishes and a smaller screen in the main room starts flashing.
THIS-LOVE-IS-SILENT plays with conventions. A well known mafia like situation where a young man is in the trunk of a car, ends up dancing singing a Spanish tune with his ‘kidnappers’.
I left the room feeling satisfied. I felt something there.