L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
OK
In the summer of 2020, at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests in her country, American artist Helga Davis wrote a text that voiced her pain, her despair and also her hopes for the future. In the wake of Davis’s earlier collaborations on Anouk De Clercqs Helga Humming (2019) and One (2020), the text became the starting point for a new film, the first work co-authored by the pair. OK scrutinizes the relations between Black and White while searching for the essence of collaboration and caring about the other. The text is a potent experience whether read or heard.

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program BACK AND FORTH.
Other festivals:
Het Bos Antwerpen, Belgium (2021)
POW Film Fest Portland, United States (2021)
SLAC/​Beeldende & Audiovisuele Kunst Leuven, Belgium (2021)
Extra City Antwerpen, Belgium (2021)
Director Helga Davis, Anouk De Clercq
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Anouk De Clercq

Anouk De Clercq

Anouk De Clercq explores the potential of audiovisual language to create possible worlds. She is interested in what lies behind reality’ or in between the visible and the imaginary. She has received several awards, including the Illy Prize at Art Brussels in 2005 and a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2014. Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MAXXI, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ars Electronica, among others. Anouk De Clercq is affiliated to the School of Arts University College Ghent as an artistic researcher. She’s a founding member of Auguste Orts.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
We’ll find you when the sun goes black (2021)
One (2020)
Helga Humming (2019)
Pendant Pair (2018)
It (2017)
Helga Davis

Helga Davis

Helga Davis is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist who works as an actress, singer, writer and composer, as well as a radio and podcast host. Helga Davis performed as a principal actor in the 25th-anniversary international revival of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach. Davis’ music career has included a stint in the rock band, Women in Love, in the 1990s. More recently, Davis has starred in operas and theater pieces internationally, including Robert Wilson’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon; Octavia E. Butler’s Parable Of The Sower, Milton by Katie Pearl and Lisa Damour; The Blue Planet, a multimedia theater piece, by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke; and Soho Rep’s Jomama Jones, Radiate. Davis hosts the Helga podcast, live events for New Sounds and WQXR-FM’s Q2 Music.

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