Newtown Mountain – Exhibition notes continued : Sue’s video

‘Lle y dan ni, Artur?’ (2008 )  is a short film made by Sue Challis with Halina and Artur Stach. During the exhibition it played continually on a monitor with two headphones.

In ‘Lle y dan ni, Artur?’ (Welsh for ‘Where are we, Artur?’ ) a young Polish couple find themselves on a bleak North Wales hillside, amid the ruins of a C19th squatters’ village, once home to economic migrants and socially marginalised people on the edge of an industrial border town. Subtitles in Polish, English and Welsh, and the ambiguous setting, combine to evoke in the viewer some of the confusion that migration between cultures and languages might produce, only partially resolved by the protaganists’ determination to learn English and ‘make their way’ into an unknown future.

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