Caroline Déodat

Landslides is a cinematographic essay/poem by Caroline Déodat in which fictional images are the result of research into the memories of a Mauritian dance born during colonial slavery, the Sega. In the film, the contemporary Mauritian dancer Jean-Renat Anamah crosses mythical landscapes of the Sega that merge with intimate territories. From the pixels of the digital image and the signals of electronic music, this film exhumes in layers of landscapes the spectres of a ritual erased by history through a personal genealogy: between haunting memory and deferred archive. For this film, Déodat collaborated with Jean-Renat Anamah, instructing the dancer to focus on expansion, circular movement, and memory to produce his series of gestures. After some rehearsals in the studio,Anamah’s performance was improvised in the landscape and shot in one take.

Caroline Déodat is an artist, filmmaker and researcher. Through her films and installations, she explores the spectral dimensions of the moving image, in between fiction and experimental ethnography. Obsessed with processes of archiving and alienation, history and myths of violence, Déodat seeks ways to recompose histories and weave silenced genealogies through the convocation of haunting memories, deferred archives, and oral images. Déodat has developed a style of poetic montage in her visual practice, where she pays particular attention to polyphony. Since 2019, she has been working on experimental films, in which she uses dance, archive, music and narration to create what she terms ‘oral images’ that expose themselves to a multiplicity of audiences.