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Irish/Brazilian artist duo bring the film ‘One Hundred Steps’ to The Model

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ONE HUNDRED STEPS, by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2020. Nour Orchestra (film still)

ONE HUNDRED STEPS, by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2020. Nour Orchestra (film still)

ONE HUNDRED STEPS, by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2020. Nour Orchestra (film still)

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The Model presents a new work by Irish / Brazilian artist-duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, entitled One Hundred Steps, this summer. The internationally acclaimed artist duo, who have shown in renowned museums and galleries across the world, are delighted to bring their first black & white film, made in collaboration with musicians and dancers from Ireland, France, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to audiences in Sligo.

This film references the work of Bob Quinn, an influential Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980s were dedicated to deconstructing the Eurocentric hegemony and elaborating on the role that North African cultures have played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anti-colonialist approach, Quinn’s work Atlantean remains an important historical document, and is more relevant today than ever before.

One Hundred Steps invites the viewer to enter its narrative through two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters. The first is set at a sumptuous 17th century Anglo-Irish colonial manor of the landlord class, located in the South of Ireland, and the latter at a 19th century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the center of Marseille, in the South of France. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of a privileged history - apparent in their architecture and décor - a history now preserved as both have become museums open to the public.

As in other films by the artists, One Hundred Steps unfolds through a hybrid language located between documentary and fiction. Museum visitors transform into performers, and musical contributions act as ephemeral occupations of these loaded settings, denying a simplified binary relationship between source and extrapolation, or European and other; and pivoting the power relations of who is speaking and who must listen.

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Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca’s ‘One Hundred Steps’ runs from Sat. 2 Jul. - Sun. 25 Sep. 2022.


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