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Double disapparition Dionis Escorsa

Double disapparition Dionis Escorsa

Double disapparition Dionis Escorsa

Double disapparition Dionis Escorsa

Double disapparition Dionis Escorsa


Double Disappearance

A few years ago, in Berlin, we had to rent out a room in order to reduce costs. We placed an ad, and someone called a few days later.

We met up that very afternoon. He liked the space, paid in advance, and began to bring his things. He had a lorry parked nearby, and filled up his entire room. He informed us that he would have to leave on the following day to go to Hamburg, and that he would return within a week. That night he slept amid his boxes, and on the following morning disappeared for good. We never saw him again.

He didn't give us a phone number, we hadn't signed a contract, we didn't even know his surname. We only started to worry when we had to pay for the second month's rent. We decided to wait before taking any decisions, and on the third month of his disappearance decided to open his boxes. His whole life was contained inside them.

We opened them carefully, in an orderly fashion, filming the contents. From his childhood toys, his clothes, his toilet bag, or his books, to his family albums, his porn magazines, his schoolbooks. We learned his name. We saw hundreds of photos of him. We got to know his girlfriends. We knew how his face looked as a child, where he had worked, his hobbies. We called several numbers we found on some notebooks. But we couldn't speak German, and the answers we got were indifferent or incongruous, if not aggressive. We gave up after a few days. Because of him we had ran into debt and had to leave Berlin. His things remained in the flat.

Soon after that, as I was refuelling at a gas station, my van was broken into and my video camera stolen. Inside the bags were the tapes containing the shots of the contents of his boxes. That was the man's second disappearance, most surely his final one.

I recently found these photographs on an old mobile phone.

2004 · Installation · 5 Photographies, 1 of them retouched, 1 text.