I’ve taped a photograph of you to my bedroom wall. I wake up to your image each morning and don’t want to get out of bed. I find reasons to stay near you: I read, I smell the flowers on the window sill. I just can’t get you out of my head, boy. You’re love is all I think about.
Nemer appears lovesick and listless in bed, trying to read, trying to smell the flowers, subtitling himself with lyrics from a pop song by Kylie Minogue.
Subtitled premièred at Barr Gilmore’s Solo Exhibition space, Toronto, Canada, in 2004. It had its festival première at the Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Festival, Germany, in 2005.
The video emerged out of a series of subtitling self-portraits Nemer produced for the Memory Against the Monument issue of FUSE Magazine, Canada, in 2003. The project involved revisiting the lyrics to the 1980s Alphaville song Forever Young during the international outcry against George W. Bush’s 2003 preparation for war in Iraq. The stills feature the artist sitting at home subtitling himself with artist Barbara Prokop, and were presented as a four-page spread with accompanying text.