The Final Month

The Final Month 2020

10 LCD screens 10”, 10 USB sticks, 10 films on loop, 0:25”-1:00”

Hands have always been a beloved subject for artists. Aside from an attentive study of muscles, tendons, veins and skin, an artwork featuring hands mostly concerns itself with something deeper. It’s about affection, to be touched, and of course love. For one month, Roos van Geffen filmed the hands of her dying father. The images are in chronological order.

The Last Month has her father’s hand as the subject, but it is not about him. With this work Van Geffen tries to capture something of what life is, at the same time that is exactly what disappears when someone dies.

“For me, the only way to relate to something as impossible as my father’s death, was to make something from it. Putting a camera on it on order to make my anguish manageable.”


Made possible with the generous support from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Mondriaan Stichting, Stokroos Foundation and Fiction Factory

Installation photos: Gert Jan van Rooij