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Rosine Mbakam, An van Dienderen, Eléonore Yameogo / Cameroon, Belgium, Burkina Faso / 2021 / 78 min / European Premiere

Cameras have long been calibrated and optimised for white skin tone. Three artists from Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Belgium explore how film technology’s invisible bias is linked to historical inequality.

Images are not neutral. Throughout film history, cameras, lights and lenses have been calibrated to the colour of white skin. In their collective film work, the three film artists Eléonore Yameogo from Burkina Faso, Rosine Mbakam from Cameroon and An van Dienderen from Belgium explore the inherent technological bias of the medium and its relation to historical inequalities and power relations. In a virtual dialogue with performative interventions – and in using technology itself as a prism – the three artists deconstruct whiteness as the default norm and challenge the myth of technological and photographic objectivity. A thought-provoking work of art that speaks to both the emotions and the intellect, and challenges the very foundations of the medium in which it is itself created.