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Muratbek Djumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva

The Camera Rolls as 

the Terrain Shifts

by WILLIAM PYM

REVOLUTION, 2005, still from single channel video showing a guard surveilling a crowd of protesters. 

In very dim, occasionally dancing natural light, a woman sings a song directly to a handheld video camera. She is anywhere between 50 and 70 years old. Her head cocks furtively in the early bars, but her coyness fades as she swings into the tune. Soon she is conspiratorially familiar, leaning on her elbow and evoking weariness, as a nightclub chanteuse…

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