The time we awake
To a life we never chose
No matter the joys, no matter the woes.

How we see
The people, the places
And the years written across their faces.

What we know
Is true and just —
Lies and malice shall turn to dust.

The lonely path to
What the heart desires
No matter the horrors that may transpire.

A glimmer of modernity
In glassy eyes
Heralding humanity, digitised.

A vivid memory
That went from a spark
To the last light one saw before the dark.

Catrine VAL

Catrine Val is a German conceptual artist, working in the field of photography, film and performance. Val started as a commercial artist in the advertising industry in Vienna and continued to complete her BA at Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany and her post-graduate studies at Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. She worked for 6 years as an assistant lecturer to Bjørn Melhus at Kunsthochschule Kassel. Out of interest in the concepts of time and history, she focuses on the role of women within diverse cultural and political systems, while she works extensively in popular etymology. Val has collaborated with women in India, South America, Asia and Europe.