Condemned To Repeat
© INJECTION Laura Holtslag-Alvarez
“A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape, condemned to repeat itself, time and time again.” - Mama (2013)
“Condemned to Repeat” is a conceptual video production collaboration between INJECTION magazine and the 7 Heart archive – a digital publication and creative agency focused on fashion, pop culture, and art which was founded by three university students in 2020. Halloween is a time (more than others) to be freely expressive and creative, especially through fashion. The three-part video series features common female character tropes; Sexual and Emotional, portrayed by The Witch, and the Lifeless “ambulatory chalice”, as portrayed by The Creepy Doll.
Quiet and pale,
She’d never tell
The thoughts behind her eyes
For they –
They only liked her short skirts,
And her innocent stare
Yet the blood on her frock
Kept her not wanted,
Feminine, intense –
It was like a sixth
How her mind’s eye read the future.
But even she couldn’t see
How her dominance scared
He who would demand her suture.
And so they conjoin,
For better than for worse –
A woman’s two sides of the coin.
Lonely will they be,
Until he sets them free
For man made the mould
Shaping their hearts so
Directed by: Laura Holtslag-Alvarez & 7 Hearts Archive:
Isa M. Gotera, Madison Wright, and Fabiana Heras
Cinematographers: Laura Holtslag-Alvarez, Fabiana Heras
Assistant cinematographer: Dara Akomolafe
Poems by: Laura Holtslag-Alvarez
The Doll: Madison Wright
The Witch: Isa M. Gotera
Voice actor: Nick Besso