GALLUS GALLUS

Media:
HD color video, 12min.
Installation.

In the island of Martinique located in the Caribbean, we can find the ancestral tradition of cockfights.  It has been said that centuries ago pending issues between two farmers were solved by this manner. Restoring the community’s honor and balance.

This piece depicts the preparation of a specimen for a fight, from within a breeding centre.  Treadmill training, rum based massages or haircuts are some of the essential steps towards a fighting match. In the same fashion a taxidermist prepares herself to work with two birds fallen in combat. Simultaneously we see her performing the same inevitable gestures, before reviving the last dance of these animals fighting for two men.