Sem título (5)
Luciano Scherer & Maíra Flores
Curator: Jean-François Chougnet | Session: Open Call – Screening of competition finalists
Sem título (Untitled) is a film which stems from a series of video performances – Filmes de Afogamento (Films of Drowning – Work in progress) – made in the last few years. During the initial showing of these pieces, Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian-Kurdish boy was found dead on Bodrum beach in Turkey in 2015, during an immigration attempt. The body of the child shocks us, as no one expects to see such a young child dead. Since then the bodies continue to arrive. New anti-immigration policies are a contemporary fact that is spreading throughout the continents, the result of a selective memory, which typically ignores its own history and cultural existence. The image of death, in Western culture, tends to be removed from our gaze when referring to one´s neighbor, while at the same time it is trivialized when referring to the Other. It is essentially an image we don´t want to see. We must return to the image of death, so that we can remember, and thereby reflect on existence and its conditions. Memento Mori, or remember that you will die. You and them.