Anima 13.44 min 2012

Anima, Latin for soul, is a contemplative video of the caisson burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery in the United States. Performing a long held tradition, these horses carry the caskets of members of the armed services to be buried with full honours. Inspired by the high respect war horses are held in by soldiers, composition and lighting of the piece evokes classical 17th century Dutch portraiture both in style and tone. Anima features an intimate view of the horses, capturing their imposing physiques as they drift in and out of sleep. Dipped in low light, surrounded by wood and hay and filmed in near stillness, we watch the horses as – overwhelmed by exhaustion – they slowly lose consciousness.

Charlotte Dumas_7_Kate Elliott