THE INCANTATORY MAGIC OF THE SYMBOLIC GESTURE
Will be part of the exhibition "Instability and Precariousness" at Millepiani Gallery in Rome, from the 16th to the 24th March 2021.
In “Le merveilleux et le théâtre du silence”, Marie-Françoise Christout states that “the ideal mime recreates the world through the incantatory magic of the symbolic gesture”. This work depicts a direct interpretation of the concept of imprisonment, in response to the current pandemic situation, through a mime performing in a never ending tunnel. Questioning claustrophobia in a broader sense, from our over-use of technology to the typical image of the mime stuck inside the box, repetition and sound distortion enhance feelings of oppression and uncanniness.
The mime is a symbol of expressing deeper emotions without the use of language, of imitating the everyday life with the unseen, of stimulating the viewer's imagination through a somewhat mysterious, mystical effect ; reminiscent of our childhood's games.
Winner of the price selection LABO at the Palmares 2020 of Festival International du Film de Nancy.
Escondida follows three children playing hide and seek in UNESCO’s world heritage site of Ilha de Moçambique. Wandering through the vast, beautiful and often surreal landscapes, discovering the many abandoned buildings and ruins forgotten by the colonial Portuguese, Escondida questions notions of past, absence, memory and identity.
Screened at Marienbad Film Festival 2019.
La Promenade is a short film recounting different chapters of a woman's life. The video questions notions of femininity, beauty, identity and the relations between bodies and their surroundings. Schemes of colours, movements and symbols evoke the possible emotional conflicts and confusions experienced by women through social pressure such as gender stereotypes or ideals of beauty.