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Images of beauty rituals - both masculine and feminine - focus on the removal of body hair. Scenes of adolescent embarrassment are played out in adult life. Gender confusion lurks behind the curtain. Impoverished aesthetics. Popular music.

2007
Canada
7:00
Original language
English (on-screen text)
No dialogue

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Credits

Direction
Nelson Henricks
Camera
Nikki Forrest
Nelson Henricks
Music
Nina Simone
Serge Gainsbourg
Pavement
Production
Nelson Henricks

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
MiniDV
Other languages
French (on-screen text)No dialogue

Documentation

Further information

"The Sirens, Countdown and Failure return to a film and video avant-garde, to a kind of visual archaism that speaks of a refusal to be subjected to the aesthetic rules of dominant images today. His work has a bygone je-ne-sais-quoi quality and it creates a kind of ‘impoverished aesthetic’ (the term used in the video Failure). And, as is often the case in Henricks’ work, there is a very serious caustic humour (and not today’s irony without meaning) which speaks here of the absurdity of life. In Failure, he seems to hiding, he appears not to know what to do with his day, to be in search of creativity. In the end, he shaves his legs..."

MAVRIKAKIS, Nicolas. "Brève arts visuels", Voir, 17 December 2009. [http://www.voir.ca/publishing/article.aspx?zone=1§ion=20&article=68360] (Page consulted on June 14, 2011)

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Keywords
Body, Aesthetic, Waxing, Music, Adolescence, Embarrassment