Aesthetics of Disappearance
Shot in the south of Jordan, Aesthetics of Disappearance explores the disappearance of the body in the real and imagined landscapes of the region. Al-Ani has a longstanding interest in the power of testimony and the documentary tradition, as well as the enduring 19th century Orientalist stereotype of the Middle Eastern landscape. The notion of exotic and unoccupied space continues to inform Western media representations of the Arab world. The film survey of southern Jordan narrates the history of the area, while documenting the ancient remains, abandoned locations, formal and informal routes of the south, in addition to cattle farms and military locations; all of which shape Jordan today.