Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed
Deep Stroke - Adel Abdessemed

Deep Stroke

Adel Abdessemed

A bare-footed young woman, actress Salma Hayek, crushes a watermelon with a single stamp of her heel. The action, which takes place at the edge of the Saint-Martin canal in Paris and is accompanied by the waltzing strains of an accordion, is projected in a frame-by-frame manner that underscores the transition from the moment of decision to execution of the act. Cut in two by the blow, the watermelon explodes, ejecting its red pulp and juice. Half the melon rolls off screen, while the woman’s head, now veiled by her hair, occupies the center of the screen, underscoring the alarming analogy. Despite the sublimated replacement of her head by a watermelon, the permanent and definitive nature of the violent act suddenly emerges. The woman’s preparation for that act, although brief, offers the glimpse of a preconceived plan—a radical, fully considered move rather than a sudden impulse. GC

2014 / Projection vidéo HD, 1 min. 13 sec. (en boucle), couleur, musique de Jean-Jacques Lemêtre
Dimensions variables (aspect ratio 16:9)