Boy, 2017

Ginan Seidl – Yalda Afsah

Sinopale 6, “Transposition
curator: Nike Bätzner

When there are only female descendants in an Afghanistan family, a girl becomes “Bacha Posh”. She will be dressed as a boy to deal with outward family issues and interests. Wearing men’s clothing can mean freedom and security, even to grown up women in Afghanistan. Seidl and Afsah got into this matter and accompanied a girl who is dressed like a boy, with their camera. On two screens we see on the one hand Farahnaz, the protagonist of BOY, in her daily outward routines, e.g. at doing sports, attending the barber shop, or while shopping, etc. And on the other hand we gain insight into families’ inner circle life: the intimate World of the women where Farahnaz is free to be, as she pleases. These observations are embedded in slow tracking shots contemplating the street-life of Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan.

Two Channel Video Installation, 30’ min.