Post-Breakup Nostalgia

The rudimentary miracle of the existence of one’s memories is sardonic. Memories be-speckle one’s reality with a frozen variegation that holds the power to draw mourners out of their grief. Like gravity they, also, hold the authority to pull them back into it. Emancipation, however, is an arduous journey rarely tackled consciously. Regardless, London-based animator Emanuele Kabu, has bravely rescued his memories to his present, to set them free for his future.

Courtesy of Emanuele Kabu

Courtesy of Emanuele Kabu

Emanuele Kabu’s idiosyncratic talent is unique and empirical. The London-based animator cruises through a strenuous journey to make, adjust and process abstract forms to define his films with a personal touch. Infinite Lust, his recently processed animation,  is a personification of post break-up nostalgia.

Emanuele Kabu drew a lot to real and imaginary places, even places that he had hoped to experience.

Courtesy of Emanuele Kabu

Kabu found himself wandering into the realm where he kept memories from his past relationships and his present association, alive. It was then that he realized that he had fallen prey to a pattern. A pattern where he allowed himself to fall in love too easily, and too fast.

Emanuele Kabu's illustrated narrative about his relationships.

Courtesy of Emanuele Kabu

Kabu’s illustrations have been beautifully rendered with a poetic lexicon by a close friend of his, writer Faye Fornasier. “We” in this case, refers to the significant others Kabu reflects on in each frame of the film, where he claims to have ‘frozen’ his musings and his memories with his favorite color-black. This short film is an animated narrative reflecting on his quest for freedom from his past. It unveils the pensive sadness that pinches, when losses assault one’s reality.

Infinite Lust can be viewed on Emanuel Kabu’s website.

By: Aleeshba Saigol

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