16mm black and white film, looper, 4:33min

The National Museum of Art, Oslo.

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Cinéma is a black and white 16mm film. Featuring the dancer Rukmini Chatterjee, the film explores the politics of representation via key elements such as gaze and gestures. Through her dance with the camera, Chatterjee actively refuses to become an object of orientalism and fetishization. She returns the spectator´s glare in a forceful and confrontational manner at the same time as she communicates by the use of distinct gestures related to the ancient Indian dance Bharatanatyam. An act of negotiation emerges between the dancer and the viewer by the scenic means of the film. The film thus investigates regimes of visibility, otherness and objectification.