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Ghost Party (2)

Manon de Boer & Latifa Laâbissi

HD video, color, 4:3, French spoken (English st), BE/FR, 2022, 58’

Since 2015 artist-filmmaker Manon de Boer and choreographer-dancer Latifa Laâbissi have been in continuous dialogue about the numerous voices that inhabit their thinking and bodies. During a long process of exchange and ‘cannibalizing’, a performance Ghost Party (1)  as well as a film Ghost Party (2) were created.

In Ghost Party (2), De Boer and Laâbissi create little fictions with vases, stones and other materials, while giving voice to texts of ‘ghosts’ from their shared genealogies, like Marguerite Duras, Serge Daney, Casey and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. In this polyphony of voices and accents their beings blend with others, subtly questioning the politics of language and identity.

Performance, visual art and cinema are playfully interwoven in Ghost Party (2). In this heterogenic form the voices, the bodies and objects each time appear in a different light, thus underlining the fundamental theme of transmutation and creation.

Blindsight is an extensive sound installation which Manon de Boer made in dialogue with Latifa Laâbissi and Laszlo Umbreit. The starting point of Blindsight is the dialogues and ambient sound of Ghost Party (2).

Cinematography Charlotte Marchal
Additional cinematography Léo Lefèvre
Vases (in order of appearance) Lygia Clark, Donald Winnicott, Valeska Gert, Oskar Schlemmer, Oum Kalthoum, Beyoncé, Martha/Dan Graham, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hélio Oiticica, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Hijikata Tatsumi, Mina, Frantz Fanon, Jack Smith, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Delphine Seyrig, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Latifa Laâbissi, Manon de Boer, Lina Bo Bardi, Maya Deren, Alain Cavalier, Marguerite Duras, Anne Carson, Angela Davis, Octavia Butler, Chantal Akerman & Casey
Editing Manon de Boer
Sound recording, editing & soundscape Laszlo Umbreit
Sound mixing Laszlo Umbreit & Rémi Gérard at Empire Digital
Color grading Paul Millot at Cobalt
Graphic design Goda Budvytyte
Produced by Auguste Orts & Figure Project
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, WIELS, FRAC Bretagne, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Jan Mot, On & For Production and Distribution, Friends of Auguste Orts Fund, KASK & Conservatorium

Ghost Party (2) has been on display at the following locations:

Cinematek Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, Jun 7 2022 Art Cinema OFFoff Gent, (BE) Sunday, May 15 2022 Cinematek Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, Mar 1 2022 FRAC Bretagne Rennes, (FR) Jan 21–May 15 2022