Nikos sits and waits in his pick-up truck at the edge of a remote beach on his 40th birthday. Like every year, his mother calls and tells him about his birth. The weather is rough. In the distance Nikos finally sees Christos approaching, his old friend from military days. This is the very first time they see each other again after many years. Today Christos will fulfill Nikos' dangerous wish. The powerfully structured imagery of 5pm Seaside derives further strength from its minimalism, vibrating with intensity and beauty. Two people leave the safe space of their self-chosen isolation to encounter one another, consciously approaching a collision with life and death. Between violence and absolute tenderness, a moment of transformative liberation is realized that redefines everything. Simply to exist. This is otherwise almost impossible to realize.
(Diagonale catalogue 2022, Alexandra Zawia)
Translation: Eve Heller