Flavia Souza

Carnalevare (2003) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

CARNALEVARE is an experimental film about the ecstasy of growth and decay. It is an attempt to reveal that 'the rawest materials in life are so pregnant with mystery and the capacity for change that disguising them is beside the point.' Carnalevare means 'take away the meat' and is related to the observence of Lent and the festival of Carnival. The parallel between this ritual and the cycle of birth and decay is in its powerful release and potential for material transformation. All the objects used in the set had been thrown away, by manipulating a few discarded materials and juxtaposing them meaningfully they could perhaps be transformed into something new. My inspiration for this small film was to investigate my own materiality, free of false trappings under the sure and unchangeable influences of time and nature.

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