untitled (skinhead)
8mm film transferred to hard drive
color, sound, 15'09''
edition of 5 + 2 AP
2017





excerpt




(skinhead) is a video shot in one long take with a VHS camcorder, in 4:3 format. It features a private moment in the life of a young French skinhead, a member of the anti-fascist movement, as he shaves his head in his bathroom. The video, set to the rhythm of this mechanical act, highlights a ritual and a physical symbol of individuals whose recognizable traits create an ambiguity. The film is a response to a frequent confusion : that of associating the shaved heads, dress codes and insignia of these partisans with their ideological opposite, neo-Nazism. Drawing on this interpretive blunder, (skinhead) challenges the modes of perception and assumptions of the uninformed spectator.