Originally intended as an investigative documentary into a possible connection to a distant branch of my family that moved to Tunisia in the 19th century, the video Portrait of D’ blends diasporic narratives, local anecdotes, and dream recounting. The intention was to create a blurred report which mimics the way histories are obscured as they are passed down. This multi-streamed account is scattered over images and film of traditional and modern architecture, historical ruins, unfinished construction sites, natural topography and geological formations collected during my site visits to the Ennejma Ezzahra, the Bardo Museum, Sidi Bou Said and Djerba, Tunisia.
Olivia Erlanger is an artist that works between sculpture and conceptual art. She studied Sculpture and Literature at Lewis and Clark College and Parsons School of Design. She lives in New York.