Contours of Staying

Caraballo-Farman. 2004. Argentina, United States of America. No dialogue 11’

Every Saturday, members of a group called Falun Gong gather in front of the Chinese consulate on 42nd street in New York City to protest and meditate. On this Saturday, there was a blizzard. They stayed the whole two hours anyway, unmoved by external forces. In the peaceful faces battered by wind and snow, a combination of superhuman resilience and human folly emerges, a mix of absurdity and heroism, eliciting an uncomfortable reaction: we admire the strength of conviction while being tempted to judge the whole thing as fanatical. But here the struggle against nature has taken over the political struggle.