Bloody Beans

Artist: Narimane Mari
video | 84:00 | 2014

In this hallucinatory film, set over a single day in Algiers, a band of children sick of eating beans decide to storm the French barracks in search of better food. This revolution, borne of innocence and necessity alike, is nothing other than a microcosmic rendering of the Algerian War of Independence. Seen in this way, Bloody Beans is indeed an historical fiction. But another way of approaching this playfully magical tale of colonial uprising is as a document of collective re-enactment; a complex engagement with the past rather than a representation of it. This tension between fabulation and record yields results at once beautiful and powerful.


The 10th Shanghai Biennale - Social Factory | 2014.11.23 - 2015.03.31 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)