Louise Botkay | Brazil

Visual artist and filmmaker. She graduated in Cinema from École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son, La Fémis, in 2006. Botkay makes photos and films using cell phone, video and Super 8, 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras, whose films she develops manually herself. Her films, permeated by silence and shot in countries like Haiti, Congo, Niger, Chad, Netherlands, France and Brazil, approach cultural syncretism in postcolonial context, exploring the ways in which the filmic device unveils the visible. Her works have been shortlisted and awarded in festivals and exhibits at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, São Francisco, USA (2013); the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (2013); the São Paulo International Short film Festival (2011); Festival Janela Internacional de Recife (2011 and 2010); and others. Louise Botkay lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

Vertières I II III | 2014, video installation

The Vertières battle was the last battle before Napoleon’s army withdrew from Haiti, which became the first independent nation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Botkay presents three filmic incursions into the Haitian historic, social and political process. Exploring aspects such as discipline/control, nature/tenderness and ruin/resistance, the piece investigates the levels of domestication and enslavement resultant from the post-colonial processes that marked the history of the country. 

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