Sunday, August 17, 2008

Robert Gardner: The Borroro - Gerewol and Yaki

Robert Gardner
[Yaki dancer's faces]

Kodachrome slide film
Provided by the artist - Robert Gardner
Taken during filmmaking and anthropological research in the Sahel region, Niger.

New online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

"It was a surreal assembly of painted and costumed dancers swaying in front of a fire that sent clouds of embers and sparks across the desert floor. The sound of dancer’s leg rattles and chorused voices were alternately swallowed and amplified by the gathering winds. It was a contest between men and the elements, something I have witnessed often since coming to the Sahel." (Robert Gardner The Impulse to Preserve, Peabody Press. 2006)

Bob Gardner is a distinguished filmmaker, anthropologist and photographer and was Director of the Film Study Center at Harvard University from its foundation in 1957 for over 40 years. His films including Dead Birds, Rivers of Sand and Forest of Bliss are classics within their genre. Thanks to Bob for kindly providing this exhibition.

There is an online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

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