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Color-blind

Color-blind
Director: Ben Russell

France, Germany, 2019, 30 min., French, Marquesan, English, German languages with English and Lithuanian subtitles, V

A synaesthetic portrait made between French Polynesia and Brittany, Color-blind follows the restless ghost of Gauguin in excavating the colonial legacy of a post-postcolonial present.

Ever the provocateur when it comes to the traditions of ethnographic cinema, Russell subverts the dogmas of distance by approaching the Marquesas Islands blindly: his eye initially focused on the colors of Gauguin’s paintings, he clears passages here reminiscent of John Taggart’s Rothko Chapel Poem, then joyfully enters the flesh of an image, torn apart by memories of a phosphorescence attributed to the spirits or the dead, or French nuclear tests. - Antoine Thirion

About director

Ben Russell (1976) is an American artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena.