My brother is a green parrot

A film about ancient cloths and speculated ceremonies

a collaboration with Noemi Niederhauser
film, costumes, performances, installation


Version FR

Amnesia decides (made by the duo Hélène Combal-Weiss & Noemi Niederhauser) interrogates the place of artifacts as discourses of knowledge and cultural value. It analyzes how the appropriation and will to understand cultural elements that do not belong to one’s own society or time necessarily leads to inaccuracy, misconception or speculation. Instead of thinking of those notions as obstacles which should be avoided, the duo allows them to become the intrinsic subjects of Amnesia decides.
My brother is a green parrot, the first collaborative project of Amnesia decides. Initiated during a residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is focusing on a textile piece from the museum’s collection. The cloth, registered as number 854-1901, has been attributed different origins throughout time and historical analysis.

My brother is a green parrot, shows with no compromise an episode known as the Woven Identities Ceremony, where the duality of the cloth’s origins is performed by a group of individuals and flows into a series of costumes, objects and spaces.

Here are born new understandings, new hypotheses and new reading strata.
Here resonate speculated songs and whispers, possible gestures and uncertified exchanges.
Here is threatened and corrupted the « when » and « where from ».
And so, surrounded by mumbles, ceremony after ceremony, new customs take shape and establish themselves.

My brother is a green parrot  is the result of Noemi Niederhauser’s Graduates Residency 2014 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.