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Benjamin ramÍrez pÉrez
Body Snatcher
Experimental film | 16mm, Video | color | 17'18'' | Germany | 2016
Body Snatcher conflates new 16mm material and found footage from Barbara Loden‘s film Wanda (1970) into an abstract narrative. Loden‘s film shows a character that seemingly passively navigates the world, but at the same time fights for her own identity and challenges social norms through her refusal to function as expected: „Life is a mistery to her. She doesn’t know what she wants but she knows what she doesn’t want.“ Taking fragments of the film as a starting point, objects, props and surfaces from the film were recreated, visually isolated and filmed anew. In a kind of vacuum, an abstract and associative narration touching on emptiness, failure, and identity construction slowly unfolds. A sort of parasitic science fiction remake of Wanda emerges - a layer of meaning that lies behind the film‘s plot and surface is imagined and constructed, positioning disparate elements in relation to each other and forging connections between them.
Benjamin Ramírez Pérez lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2009 - 2015. He was awarded the German Film Critics` Prize for Best Experimental Short in 2013. In 2015, he received the Chargesheimer Scholarship for Media Arts of the City of Cologne. Currently, he is a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2016 – 2018).