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Folie Circulaire - photos on a film set

By Claudia Leisinger | August 06, 2016
Posted in: Commission update on work 2016 film set

These are some of the many photos I took on the film set for the teaser trailer of
"FOLIE CIRCULAIRE" a film directed by Charlotte McGowan-Griffin and shot by Leah Striker.

FOLIE CIRCULAIRE is an experimental feature-length film and film-based installation inspired by two photographic prints taken in 1894 which show the floor works of a psychiatric patient, Marie Lieb, played by the amazing actress/performer Anne Tismer.

The photographs show enigmatic floor installations, strips and scraps of fabric, perhaps torn from institutional bedding and clothing. They had been frayed, folded, braided, and laid out in formation on the floor of her room at the University Clinic in Heidelberg where she was a patient on and off for 20 years.

I had a very lovely time and am now very much looking forward to seeing the trailer.

Photograph print taken in 1894 of the floor creations by Marie Lieb.

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News in March 2015

By Claudia Leisinger | April 17, 2015
Posted in: Story Multimedia Commission BMW Foundation Earth Security Group 2015 newsletter news update on work March 2015 Brazil Of Flying Rivers & Flooded Lands

March 2015 was an unbelievably exciting time I went to Brazil, to the Amazon to shoot my latest project. 

"Of Flying Rivers & Flooded Lands: Damming the Amazon" 

I visited Munduruku Indians living alongside the mighty Tapajós River in the Amazonian forest, who are actively fighting a massive hydro-electricity dam planned by the Brazilian government. Once built, the São Luiz do Tapajós dam will flood vast areas of their land, putting existing villages under water, disrupting the river flow and with it the intricate balance of ecosystems. 

It is not only the Munduruku’s traditional way of life that is threatened, but also river dweller communities like Pimental. This picturesque village with its four churches, eight small stores, a well functioning school and roughly 300 inhabitants, would be completely flooded by the São Luiz do Tapajós dam.

But the impact of the dam will be felt long before it is actually completed. A construction project of this scale in an area with no existing infrastructure, as is the case here, will result in irreversible damage to the natural environment. Forest will make way for roads, housing for workers, shops, restaurants, brothels and more. 

At the Belo Monte dam on the neighbouring Xingu river, 20,000 labourers have migrated into the area to work around the clock. The Munduruku have supported the Xingu indigenous communities in their fight against the Belo Monte dam and witnessed the disastrous consequences first hand. They are now fighting not to suffer the same fate.

In the next months I will create a multimedia project using the stills, video and audio I shot and collected during my stay in Alter do Chao, Santarem, Itaituba, Praia do Mangue, Pimental and Sawre Muybu. 

I was also thrilled to shoot photos and video for BMW Foundation at their 3rd Global Table on Resources and Security in Brazil. 

This 3rd table focused on formulating project ideas to enhance urban quality of life. Read about it in more depth on their website.

You can see a first selection of my photos on their flickr account 

I have also updated my portrait section on my website, please have a look and let me know what you think.

You can follow the development of my new project "Of Flying Rivers & Flooded Lands" here on my blog, via Twitter @CLeisinger, via Facebook  and on my Instagram feed.


Boto dolphins at Santarem harbour.

Girl in traditional Munduruku head dress in Sawre Muybu.

Between digging up potatoes for dinner, in Sawre Muybu.

Jumping into the Tapajos river in Pimental.

Aline Karo Munduruku in Praia do Mangue.

1000 newly built council houses near Santarem ready for the communities displaced by mega construction projects like the São Luiz do Tapajós dam.

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