Filmstills Cloud Forest 2019, film by Eliane Esther Bots. Set design Elma Cavcic.

A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves. In Cloud Forest, the narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and
detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters through conversations, listening in, silence and finding information on YouTube. Resulting in a scattered image of a conflict
present on the horizon of one’s life. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by mobile phones, where these narratives can unfold. While the girls listen back to their own stories, a mechanism similar to listening to a narrative shared by a parent, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their family.

The party ain’t starting till I walk in, 2019, arylic and oil on linnen, 120 x 170cm

She wrote me that she got a boobjob, 2019, acrylic and oil on canvas, 25 x 30cm

#wjnmk, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

They told us there was no place, 2019, acrylic and oil, 45 x 65 cm

Upright, 2019, collabration with Imke Akihary and Leonie de Bruin