Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s PAYS BARBARE, an experimental, archival study of colonial Ethiopia.
Milan-based duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi create an astonishing work of militant poetry with this found-footage chronicle of Mussolini's brutal invasion of Ethiopia.
“We pore over material relating to Italian colonial Ethiopia (Abyssinia), recently unearthed in a private film archive. We scour those individual film frames of colonialism, studying them with a magnifying lens, and transcribe the captions…"
“A film necessary for us at this time, about fascism and colonialism… With our 'Analytical Camera” we returned to rummage in private and anonymous archives of Ethiopia over the film frames of the Italian colonial period (1935-1936). The Colonial eroticism. The naked body of women and the 'body' of the film. Images of the Duce in Africa. Body frames of Mussolini and the 'mass' 1945, after the Liberation.” – Yvervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
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