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by Megan HeiligĀ 

View from a Tent (2016) is a short experimental documentary which explores the culture of fear which both sustains and cultivates narratives around refugees or individuals who are in a process of flux. At 12:00 am every day a man across the road from where I was staying in Crown Heights would stand at his window, and shout biblical scriptures from behind a grey curtain. The edge of the man's bible, barely visible behind the veil, is a symbol of a culture of fear and the policing of borders, both psychologically and physically. It is this very real experience of vertigo which is embedded in immigration, refugee status and movement from one space into another space. The soundtrack is compiled from clips which were recorded in spaces where rapid movement occurs, i.e. in a subway station, next to a road, on an escalator, a slide projector etc. Feeling of disorientation during rapid movement, and the very real affects this has on the body and mind, are explored in this short film. View from a Tent (2016) is above all else an experiment with and about movement; and what it means to come into a new space, struggling to make it your place, somehow less alien.

Megan Heilig Born in 1993 in Nelspruit South Africa, Megan-Leigh Heilig grew up in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor in Fine Art (BFA) in 2015 and is currently studying towards a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Cape Town.
She works primarily in video, film, installation and sculpture. Megan has recently exhibited in the Seven Hills 2nd Kampala Biennale: Virtual Mobilities, curated by Elise Atangana, with a focus on selected video. She was also recently nominated for best experimental short by the Top Indie Film Awards 2016; and showed at the Joburg Fringe in an interactive collection of videos curated by Dean Hutton titled OpenlinkXchange. She has also intervened in project and public spaces through various other site specific and collaborative engagements.