Olympia I & II
by Gabriel Abrantes & Katie Widloski, 2006
– Olympia, men want to taste the exotic: guava, or mango, or boysenberries and cream. (Olympia I)
– I want to have a good story before I die. Not like my Parents. I want to make something special before I go. (Olympia II)
This radical diptych recasts Manet’s canonical painting as a scandalous psychodrama: in the first part, a prostitute (Katie Widloski) and her brother (Gabriel Abrantes) struggle with their incestuous urges; in the second, a prostitute (Abrantes) copes with her loneliness on a slow night for business.
Excerpt (double click for full screen):
Produced by Gabriel Abrantes
With the support of Obviosom and
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
S16mm transferred to HD, 9 min.
Color / 1.37:1 / Stereo Sound