Sirius – 2019
A young man begins to tell a young woman fantastic stories. He himself pretend to be a resident of the star Sirius and she too can get there if she only leaves her human body and her life insurance behind on earth. As Scheherazade makes up stories night after night to save her life, so the young man lies night after night on the phone for years to take a life. For very prosaic reasons, the planned (suicide) murder to which he manipulates the girl fails, and the “Sirius case” becomes known as a case study in German criminal law in the 80ies. Where otherwise photography is a reliable medium for determining criminal facts, a fairy-tale story must now circumscribe the indeterminable boundaries between narrative and crime. Anna Szkodas work is a renunciation on the documentary: in a world of manipulation, can the camera be more than an accomplice capturing illusions?
Find out more about the story in my book SIRIUS (Self Published, 2019).