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Guido van der Werve's recent single channel film, Nummer veertien, home, is a multilayered film that interweaves the tales van der Werve's own personal narrative, with the life and death of Frédéric Chopin. When Chopin died in Paris, his sister vowed to fulfill the composer's wish of bringing his heart back to his native land of Poland, and smuggled it from France to Warsaw for burial.
For Nummer veertien, home, van der Werve performed a 1,000-mile triathlon from Warsaw to Paris, retracing the path along which Chopin’s heart travelled. The filmic journey is accompanied by the artist’s lush score and explores themes common to his work: physical endurance, man’s struggle with nature, the crossover between history and geography, melancholy, and the solitary.
Curated by Michael Maizels, Andrew W. Mellon New Media Curator/Lecturer, and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for New Media Art