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Atelier d´Expression
Atelier d´Expression
AT / SN / 2016
20 min.

In Friedl vom Gröller´s cinematic art, a heavily de-centered movement occurs. In her films, she shifts the captious power relations between the people depicting, the camera, and those depicted in the event of the encounter. As a living field of conflict and exchange in ever new constellations, she makes this contact zone visibly and tangibly not secured.

Traveling with a similar position in mind, she undertook a further journey to Senegal, to Dakar, and met seven artists there in the Atelier d´ Expression - a workshop space on the grounds of the psychiatric department of the clinic in Fann near Dakar. The filmmaker portrayed them individually with their works, in many cases based on their own instructions, and frequently stepped back, leaving the portrayed individuals alone with the film camera. Omar N´ Diaye, who is deaf, painted a picture: a leg with a bare foot, which a saurian has bitten into, hatches from a cracked, longitudinal egg shape and a moon head watches, empty-eyed. The artist gazes into the camera and explains the image in sign language, and a further work: a clay figure as portrait of a musician. Another image, a huge gestural, dripping painted eye ornament, the artist close up, his deep gaze, a face. Then, an entirely different type of art breaks in: lutteurs sénégalais, wrestlers, whose demonstrations are charged with conflict and wizardry. They present their virtuosity in the sand on the beach. First, they stand there for the camera and then fight; and our story of asymmetrical power relations and the camera gaze haunt us. Thanks go to the artists: gan-JAH, Djim, Ousmane Diop, Omar N´ Diaye, Tapha, Thierno, and Papis; and special thanks to the lutteurs sénégalais. (Madeleine Bernstorff)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

A film by:
- Friedl vom Gröller

category:
- experimental

original language:
- no dialogue

Available Prints:
- 16 mm

price: 80,00 EUR

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