work / Teufelszeug / Diablerie
by Katrin Mehlhop
Erick, Boubacar and Moussa, three young West-African artists live
in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. They live in a world full of contradictions
and uncertainty - in a state which exists only a few decades, in
search of its own identity.
situation they believe that the revival of old traditions is the
The film observes
the three artists in their most intimate environment.
Erick is just
preparing a performance. His body-painting revitalizes old african
traditions, but also provokes the contemporary islamic society.
in an apparently intact environment. Surrounded by innumerable members
of his family he tells of their ideals and rules, rites and uses.
us to participate in a feast in honour of the village spirit of
his tribe. He finds his own truth in ceremonial offerings, conjurations
and ritualistic dances.
traditions are viewed in the isalm dominated Senegal of today as
"Devil's Work". The art which is inspired from such traditions
is therefore also "Devil's Work".