untitled (senegal)
film, color, 7’00’’
original soundtrack by Bedis Tir
edition of 5 + 2 AP

excerpt — 0’34’’

Untitled (senegal) is a video presenting both the mystical rituals of a wrestler from Dakar and the historical landmarks of a territory marked by the slave trade and colonial era. Through a narration using the style of music videos, the film exposes the spiritual ballet that precedes a wrestler’s fight. Across several decors, it depicts a ceremony involving ablution with milk and holy water, sacred garments, prayers, and choreography. Played to the rhythm of psychedelic and science-fiction beats, the images also reveal the intensity of the technical duel, the virility of the bodies, and the sensuality of the movements.
Anarchic, experimental, and comprised of different formats – HD, VHS, Super 8, iPhone, Webcam, Google Earth – the video combines interludes filmed in significant locations. These clips retrace the journey and study that was led, and display a subjective inventory of symbols of slavery and colonialism. A mix between a research documentary and the aesthetics of a contemporary music video, Untitled (senegal) is a work built around forms of submission and violence, be they athletic or political.
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