Impunity Landscapes III, Tremor
Single-channel HD video with sound. 3’20’’.
Tremor looks at horses as vehicle for financial exploitation. The
video is part of the “Impunity Landscapes” series, which aims to analyze
legal and illegal money flows that undermine state sovereignty. In addition to being a symbol of
prestige and social standing, owning horses has a high potential for infringing
Unlike banks or other financial institutions,
the equine industry is not required to have strong anti-money laundering
compliance regulations. A horse's value is highly subjective and readily
adjusted in order to launder and hide dirty money or extreme wealth from drug cartels, aristocrats, oligarchs, and investment funds.
Tremor is a sort of digital tapestry,
created after several months of filming pure-bred and race horses. Breeding,
trading, racing, gambling, tax evasion, and other equine-related matters are
muttered, 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 living beings.
This work was exhibited at Video Art Miden, July 6-9, 2023, Kalamata, Greece; Systèmes de circulation, August 23, 2023, La Chaufferie, Montréal, Canada.