The Island of the Colorblind
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The Island of the Colorblind
IDFA 2016

The Island of the Colorblind

Sanne De Wilde
World Premiere
Festival history
What does color mean to those who can’t see it? Long ago, a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean. One of the few survivors carried a rare gene that causes achromatopsia, a condition characterized by extreme light sensitivity, poor vision and the inability to distinguish colors. After the hereditary condition had spread among the isolated population of Pingelap for a few generations, the islanders ended up perceiving their world in black and white. Photographer Sanne de Wilde stumbled upon the community and has been exploring achromatopsia and the island ever since. How do the islanders see the trees, the ocean and themselves? How could we see the world through their eyes? The interactive installation invites the audience to explore a shift in perception, for example through De Wilde’s surreal photographs in which flames light up in black and white, trees have turned pink and a rainbow holds a thousand shades of grey.
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