Centaur

Centaur
Yalda Afsah (Filstill), Centaur, DE 2020
© Yalda Afsah
Yalda Afsah (Filstill), Centaur, DE 2020
© Yalda Afsah
Yalda Afsah (Filstill), Centaur, DE 2020
© Yalda Afsah

An activity shaped by the physical relation between human and animal, the classical dressage of horses as portrayed in Yalda Afsah’s short film Centaur (2020) reveals an ambivalence between care and control, physical strength and broken will. Paired with recurring shots of historical paintings adorning the riding hall, Afsah’s intimate observations – abstractions of fur and flexing muscles in conjunction with a rhythmic layer of sound – evoke a sense of artificiality eerily similar to the aesthetic discipline of dressage itself, which seems to raise the controversial question whose nature is cultivated by whom.