The School of Mutants

  • Senegal
  • 2019
  • 12min
  • National premiere
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The three-channel video installation The School of Mutants stages a radio interview in a fictional and uncertain time. Two characters talk about how to inhabit the territory. Their discussion seems to resonate with the landscape of brutalist and industrial ruins that surrounds them. A tension arises, between doubts and questions about their vision of the future. In contrast to the fatalism of one, the other argues that the ruins are a shelter for organising a common life and breaking the cycle of political disillusionment. Oscillating between cinema of the real and futuristic speculation, the work leads us into a poetic and political reflection on the mutations of the world.

The School of Mutants is part of long-term research that artists Hamedine Kane and Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro have been conducting since 2018 around projects for alternative schools and universities conceived after Senegal's independence. 

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