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22 June, 2012

MACBA, BARCELONA: 30/05 – 04/06  2012

MARCO, VIGO:  05/06 – 24/06  2012

LA CASA ENCENDIDA, MADRID : 03/07 – 31/07  2012


Rodrigo is a young deaf man from Recife, in northeastern Brazil, who finds himself facing the challenge of raising his four-year old daughter alone after his wife recently walked out on him. He lives with his mother and has a job installing car stereos in a small dealership on the city outskirts. Despite his deafness, sound manages to penetrate into his life and he harnesses its vibrations, felling it and letting it pulse through his veins.

Artist’s Statement

When the ArtAids foundation presented me with the challenge of finding a way to incorporate my artistic research into discussions around HIV and AIDS, the first idea that came to me was to try to establish a representation of reality that is often lost in the imagery of prevention campaigns. I wanted to explore aspects of day-to-day life, ‘normality’, indifference, comings and goings, the banal. As such, the film does not deal with the HIV virus from the perspective of a pathology; rather, it reveals a sensory, bodily and emotional experience that interacts with people, time and space. The film is experimental in its approach, incorporating hybrid techniques that mix ‘reality’/ documentary with narrative/fiction. The aesthetic choices of fixed camera shots and extended time frames are intended to transmit the sensorial experiences of Rodrigo, who was chosen as the main character in order to weave a web of sound vibrations, noises, silences, doubts and ambiguities. Rodrigo’s day-to-day life serves as a laboratory for small-scale performances in which we observe the body in movement, enacting unique gestures in time. His body is strong, yet it is also fragile. It subtly seduces us, invites us to come closer, sketching phonemes and ideograms in the air, displacing the senses and interrupting the silence. Rodrigo’s daily comings and goings draw us into a journey made up of ordinary experiences in which incommunicability and diversity are reinforced by means of their alterity. Through the glimpses of Rodrigo’s world represented in this film, ties are established between the multiple and fluid identities of his character and the various layers that his being traverses on his journey.

By Gabriel Mascaro