Of Vanity

‘A Hundred Parts, A Hundred Faces’

A series of moving image works that draw from a personal archive of moving image and diary texts, vibrant moments from everyday life.
The films’ titles and texts draw from the essays of Montaigne, one of the most influential writers of the 16th century, who tried to create an honest self-portrait including all the strengths, weaknesses, fears and joys of his daily life experiences.

Music by Dirty Three, with kind permission of Warren Ellis

Supported by Arts Council, UK


My understanding does not always go forward, it goes backward too. I very much doubt whether I am grown an inch the wiser.

I now, and I anon, are two several persons; whether better, I cannot determine.

It were a fine thing to be old, if we only travelled toward improvement; but ’tis a drunken, stumbling, reeling, infirm motion: like that of reeds, which the air casually waves to and fro at pleasure. [1]

[1] Text adapted from Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays, trans. M. A. Screech, Reprint edition (London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA: Penguin Classics, 1993), pg.1091

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