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Dora Longo Bahia


Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 120:0 | Brésil | 2021

Taking Sophocles' Antigone as its starting point, “Antígônadá” deals with the contemporary political situation, exploring the revolutionary aspect of the main character, a woman who defies the established social order. After the death of their two brothers, Antigone and Ismene reflect on the laws of “God” and the laws of the State, the rights of the citizens and of the social excluded. “Antígônadá” is an experimental film, composed of 6 travelling shots of 20 minutes, with the camera in a circular continuing motion. Each shot represents one of the 4 elements: light, water, earth and air. The camera accompanies Antigone and Ismene - played by the same actress – whose journey follows the same path four times, reflecting on the status of women in patriarchal society.

Dora Longo Bahia is a visual artist, born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1961. As of 1984, she has worked with various media: painting, photography, video, sound, set design, illustration and performance art. She has also played bass with several bands: Disk Putas, Verafischer, Maradonna, Sujos de Dora, Osmacaco, Blá Blá Blá and Cão. In 2010 she completed her PhD on visual poetics at ESchool of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo - ECA/USP where she currently teaches. In 2016 she completed her postdoctoral studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences of the University of São Paulo – FFLCH/USP that resulted in her first long feature film, The Dora Case. Since the 1980’s, she participated in several exhibitions and festivals, amongst them: We Never Sleep, at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2020); Bienal Sur, in Argentina (2019); 9th Busan Biennale: Divided We Stand, Busan, South Korea (2018); 35o Panorama da Arte Brasileira – Brasil por multiplicidade, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Eloge du Vertige, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (2012); The Spiral and the Square, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2011); IX Biennial of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (2009); 28th International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2008). Among the artist’s audiovisual achievements are: petit a (2011), part of the Brazilian version of the Destricted project that brought together directors such as Gaspar Noe, Larry Clark and Matthew Barney and the feature film The Dora Case (2017).