The Great Importance of Whim

Tanatsei Gambura2020

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

This image is a still taken from an original short film. The Great Importance of Whim, shot during self-isolation. The image starkly contrasts the quiet darkness of being in the interior of a room alone against the brightness of the exterior. The film is part art, part experiment, part documentary, part fiction. It follows ordinary movements of everyday life, space, and the psychological ruminations of an isolated figure.

This piece was produced during the 2020 period of quarantine, when many countries around the world went into lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19. It’s a personal response to crisis, uncertainty, and altered states of being.


  • Title: The Great Importance of Whim
  • Creator: Tanatsei Gambura
  • Date: 2020
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Provenance: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Type: Film Still
  • Medium: Film Still

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