THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING (in progress)


“Equality cannot be achieved if we do not depart from it.”
Jacques Rancière

“At the basis of wilderness is an economics of energy that is governed by how much we give in to diversity, and we never look at a the other as existing solely for our purpose, for our needs, for our energy supply.”
Layla Abdelrahman




What are the elements that support us in feeling grounded, nurtured and generous?

What familiar or unfamiliar ties do we develop with others? What factors determine if anything/anyone is familiar or strange?

Does our sense of belonging thrive on blood ties, ethnic origins, like-minded community, inter-species identification, native land, childhood fauna and flora, or spiritual connection?

What kind of symbiotic relationships do wild elements entertain together? Why has the “law of the fittest” dominated the narrative discourse about the wild, while notions of interdependence, diversity and mutual aid have been attributed to civilisation?  

What is that feeling of weightlessness when one is in complete absorption? Is this “loss” of oneself home, or homelessness?


A meditation on wilderness as a pillar of care and empowerment, “The mountains are calling” explores, with anxious affection, the attributes of a home. In a time of growing uncertainty, while the scarcity of the Earth’s limited resources is coupled with increased extraction, domination, monoculture and a false sense of security, this project contemplates wilderness as our most reliable home, when all other support systems are bound to failure. Attempting a horizontal (as opposed to a hierarchical) encounter between human, non-human, vegetal and mineral beings, it is meant as a poetic resistance to sedentarism and nationalism, domestication and alienation, appropriation and standardisation.

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