Rodrigo Azaola


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Tremor 


2022
Single-channel HD video with sound. 3’16’’.



Tremor looks at horses as vehicle for financial exploitation. Horses ownership is commonly associated with social mobility aspirations, freedom, nobility, and wealth. Although the biological side of the animal stands out, its economic side and its potential to breach jurisdictions becomes invisible.


Unlike banks or other financial institutions, the equine industry is not required to have strong anti-money laundering compliance regulations. The value of a horse is both highly subjective and easily manipulated to wash and hide dirty funds or extreme wealth. Pure-bred race horses are exploited as a "layering" method. This means that funds are invested once and again until their origin is impossible to track back.

 
The video is a sort of digital tapestry, created after several months of filming pure-bred and race horses. Breeding, trading, racing, gambling, and tax-evasion related matters of the equine industry are whispered emulating autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) recordings in order to stress the intimate linkage between the animals' sensuousness and wealth.

The fulfillment of desires, as well as their concealment beneath sophisticated financial methods of ownership and tax evasion, becomes a delicate way for capital to perpetuate and conceal itself behind exploited biological entities.