Rio is the second part of a diptych, a visual essay on film, shot alongside the school board drawing of Dutch visual artist Bart Lodewijks. The third image in Rio and the subsequent image series recollect the opening of Desmet’s Mont Sainte-Victoire (2008). The textures of the wall, and of the chalk on top seem uncut and unintelligible, like a rock. The travelling shot merges the images into the turmoil of the metropolis, in the presence of a(-nother) population: camera movements blend into traffic, drawings merge with graffiti. The moving camera is part of the traffic. These drawings are graffiti. But in a different way; they create a chaos of their very own, while at the same time creating an order of their own. Here, streets are more important than houses. Walkers overcome the inhabitants. I give up looking for the drawings, but try to find my way instead. This is significant with the idea of elsewhere as well; the image of Rio does not reveal itself as readily as the image of Ronse.


Drawings Bart Lodewijks
Camera Robbrecht Desmet
Montage Fairuz Ghammam
Color Grading Sebastien Koeppel at Stempel Films
Assistance Thomas Glorieux
Graphic Design Joris Kritis
Support Flemish Government & Mondriaan Fonds, NL
LAB Cassablanca Laboratorios Rio de Janeiro & Color By DeJonghe Kortrijk
Equipment Sewell Films Rio de Janeiro
Screenings Courtisane Festival Gent, April 2013

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