Syed’s practice as a filmmaker utilises location as a metaphor to investigate how we situate, and are situated within constructions of place, be they temporal or physical. The methodologies she uses draw on post-structural ideas within experimental film as well as wider discourse around the position of the post-colonial subject. She uses oral tradition, personal and collective memory to construct narratives that create within the viewer an awareness of their position within the text. The visual is punctuated with different “cultural spaces and languages, between fact, fiction, personal narrative and historical document”, two embodying different perceptions whether cultural or temporal to locate a genus loci and interrogate modes of representation.
Panopticon Letters: Missive 1, 2014