WINNOWING, 2016

A five-minute video filmed in September 2015 in the Badakshan region of Tajikistan, shows a man winnowing wheat using a pitchfork and the wind to sift the grain from the stalk. Behind him, the Panj River forms the border with Afghanistan. The man’s repeated labor, projected in slow motion, emphasizes the Pamir culture’s ongoing self-sustaining life. Their living patterns have not changed much in many centuries. The accompanying music by Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach adds a sense of timelessness and repetition to the scene. The video’s ethnographic style shows a far off place made closer. The idea is the opposite of globalization - a distant culture that remains intact and sustaining makes the world a bigger place instead of a smaller one.

Music: Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace

Creative Assistant: Noah Eisenbruch