Hecho En Mexico
Bjørn Melhus is one of Germany’s best-known short-film makers and media artists. In Hecho en México (Made in Mexico) he plays the role of a heavily armed deputy sheriff – a character inspired by traditional charros (cowboys) – who is trying to restore order in an increasingly militarised country. Regular police and official army troops are challenged by a range of paramilitary groups, militia and private security firms, while the distinctions between the various actors on the field become progressively blurred. Melhus’s work deals with the possibilities of a critical analysis of topics, figures and perceptive patterns that are invested and dictated by the media. The video Hecho en México was produced in the framework of the The Art of Independence: Contemporary Echoes (2010), a regional project organised by the Goethe Institute, which aims to initiate a dialogue between intellectuals and artists from Latin America and Germany.
Author: Inke Arns
Bjørn Melhus, DE 2009, 4 min (loop)