Javier Téllez: Shadow Play
The work of Javier Téllez (b. 1969, Valencia, Venezuela) always involves excluded groups and communities, such as refugees, disabled persons or psychiatric patients, serving as a vehicle for realities that defy our standard rationality. Shadow Play is a silent 35 mm black-and-white film in which the actors’ shadows play a starring role. Created in Switzerland with the collaboration of refugees from different countries, who appear in the film and helped write the script, Shadow Play uses the theatrical, proto-cinematic genre of Chinese shadow puppetry to act out stories of exile and migration told by those who actually lived them. In this silent narrative, the refugees overcome language barriers to recount and relive episodes of their difficult life journey, sometimes literally and at other times poetically and metaphorically...