The Innocents, 2007

Hong Kong 2015
James Cohan Gallery
Color High-Definition Video diptych
91.4 x 111.8 x 10.2 (cm)
36.0 x 44.0 x 4.0 (inch)
Part of Bill Viola’s Transfiguration series, The Innocents explores the presence of the dead in the world of the living. The video documents a boy and a girl who slowly approach out of the darkness and into the light. Shown on separate screens, they break through what is, at first, an invisible threshold of water, suggestive of a passage from the spiritual world into a physical plane of existence. Once incarnate, however, all beings realize that their presence is finite, and so the figures eventually turn away from material existence to return from whence they came.