45' east is an under process project, in its pre-exhibition and book release stage -highlighting the violent aspect of war vs the innocence of love.
The story is told through 35 photo images divided by episodic themes above.It is purely imaginary except for the love quotes included in the future publication, that are compiled from multiple Shakespear plays. There is a possibility of expanding this project into other dimensions such as an animated short film.
The photographic toy story features a dark setting where bellicose horses meet cartridge-tanks to the rhythm of the acts of a melodramatic movie production and Shakespearian words. Ben, a soldier, falls in love with Yasmeen, an Iraqi woman who's physically and emotionally wounded by war. Ben’s blinded love draws the jealousy of fellow soldier Kate, while Yasmeen struggles to preserve her culture from Western invasion. One festive day, as the Oud of Alaa plays Iraqi folk songs and the movements of Bilal the Sufi whirling dervish enchant the presents, Yasmeen dies in a strike. Few survive a war linked to a controversial love story; protagonists die instantly, whilst Alaa devotion to Oud remains, and the dervish whirls his heart out.
Act I Ben goes to War
Act II Ben meets Yasmeen
Act III Ben falls in love
Act IV The festive day
Act V Casualties of Love & War
Yasmeen, Main Character
Ben, Soldier- 2nd Main Character
Bilal, Whirling Dervish
Alaa, Oud Player
Convoy and other soldiers.
If interested in hosting/curating 45' east photo exhibition please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.kikibokassa.org