Amo Te Vita: A Genealogy of Queer Treasure

Short documentary
Single-Channel Installation
2019 | 7:53 | COLOR | STEREO | EnglishSelected for the Seoul International pride Film Festival (2020, South Korea) exhibited at six degrees of separation (2019, the netherlands)

Synopsis Amo Te Vita examines the archaeological imagination departing from a Roman silver ring with an inscription “Amo Te Vita,” or translated “I love you, my love,” excavated on the route of the Rotterdamsebaan. Confronting biases in imagining to whom and how the ring belonged, this short documentary provides a critical perspective to the notion of ancient romance by queering the local history.

A Film by
Cyan Bae

Thanks to contributions from
Ayla Aron, Nathan Doorduin, Yamuna Forzani and Rob Verhoeven

Collaboration with
the Archaeology Department of the Municipality of The Hague, the ‘Rotterdamsebaan’ major road project, and Stroom Den Haag

photography (exhibition)
Roel Backaert


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