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Yalda Afsah

Close up on horse
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Tourneur – Kentaur – Kaftar

The trilogy Tourneur – Kentaur – Kaftar addresses the human-animal relationship. Based on three examples – bullfighting, horse dressage, and training pigeons in artful flying – the trilogy gives insights into how the boundary between care and control gets blurred, as humans identify with animals and devote great attention to them, while also submitting them to violence, discipline and dominance. The films contest the assumption that nature put humans in the place of power and emphasise the artificial character of such claims in the case of dressage.

Yalda Afsah (*1983) grew up in Berlin and studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, as well as at the California Institute of the Arts. Based on the practice of documentary, her work as a filmmaker raises questions regarding the difference between construction and reality - and blurs the borders between them. She received several awards for her artistic work and her films were screened on festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.