Born in 1967 in Berlin, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin
Nothing Escapes My Eyes, 2015
Video, 11’ 51’’
David Krippendorff is video- and experimental film maker. He grew up in Rome (Italy) and studied art at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin (Germany), where he graduated with a master degree in 1997.
His works, films and videos have been shown internationally, a.o. at New Museum (New York), ICA (London), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem). He has participated in three Biennials (Prague Biennial, Mediation Biennial Poznan and the Video Biennial in Tel Aviv). Krippendorff’s work inquires into the state of being a “permanent foreigner”, exploring issues of home, national and cultural identity, and belonging. While his earlier work focused on Hollywood films, investigating underlying ideologies in iconic movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Gilda and West Side Story, in Nothing Escapes My Eyes, the opera Aida becomes a vehicle to address current issues of cultural identity, loss, and social pressures to conform.
The film was inspired by the writings of Edward Said, the poems of Mahmoud Darwish and by Verdi’s music, referring to the following historical event related to this opera:
Aida premiered in Cairo in 1871 at the „Khedivial Opera House“. One hundred years later the building was completely destroyed by fire and replaced by a multi storied parking garage. Nevertheless, to this day, the place is still named Opera Square: Meidan El Opera. The film combines this urban alteration with the painful transformation of a woman (actress Hiam Abbass) in the process of shedding one identity for another. With no dialogues, the film is backed by a musical excerpt from Verdi’s Aida whose lyrics express the difficulties of being loyal to one’s country and cultural identity. The personal and urban transformation tackles on issues of identity, loss and disorientation as a result of historical colonialism and contemporary globalization.