By Jessica McGoff
This video essay was commissioned as part of the Critics’ Choice strand of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, as a response to Janis Rafa’s Kala Azar. The strand’s theme was the notion of collectivity, and the video seeks to think through the possibilities of a collective way of living, of coexistence. Kala Azar is an elusive and textural work, focusing on a young couple who collect animal cadavers for burial. Rafa’s film, and her previous visual work, explores the relationship between animals and humans.