Sculpting the Spirits

Noe Mendelle

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Abstract / Description of output

This is part 1 of a 4 x 55' documentary series about the magical world of the Bijagós people whose close relationship with spirits and nature informs their daily life and every decision taken by the community.

Their belief that man, nature and spirits are equal and interdependent
makes the Bijagós a lost paradise. It is through sculpture that the intricate relationship of the Bijagós with nature and spirits is best expressed.

Banca, a famous sculptor of Iras (spirits), feeling tired, old and worried for the future of a culture in profound transformation, does his last sculpture instructing his son in the hope he will take over.

Guided by their own voices, this episode “ Sculpting the Spirits” is a journey exploring how women embody spirits while men sculpt or perform them.
Original languageOther
Place of PublicationGulbenkian museum
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • spirits
  • matrilineal society
  • rituals
  • visual anthropology
  • documentary
  • Bijagos
  • Guinea-Bissau

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