I wanna be blind
Naïmé Perrette, I Wanna Be Blind, 2016, 29 min
« I Wanna Be Blind » is a film portraying James McCullough, a young painter active as a musician in the Melbourne punk scene. He works night shifts as an undertaker, removing corpses and delivering them to the Forensic Mortuary. The film looks at the way the different aspects of his life affect each other, questioning the balance between control and vulnerability. The daily presence of the camera in his house reveals his identity by engaging him in a constant shift between a performative attitude and self-reflexive moments. His sensitive observations of the unclothed corpses he handles echo his own feelings of being probed by the filmmaker.
Naïmé Perrette (b.1989, France) is a Brussels-based artist who creates multi-layer spaces that explore human relations to their social and geographical environments, using video, digital collages and installations. In her works, she has engaged with the role of labour in the construction of identity, and with the way societies map, consider and act on their territories, offering insights into their underlying value. The artist has an MA in Cinema Animation from ENSAD, Paris, and is a former resident of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2016, Naïmé Perrette was awarded the Werkbijdrage Jong Talent from the Mondriaan Fund. Her work has been shown at international institutions such as the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg), Wiels (Brussels), HKW (Berlin), Eye Filmmuseum (Amsterdam), and the Museum of Modern art (Rio de Jareiro)