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Alia Syed

UK, 1986
4 minutes, B&W, Silent, 4:3
Available formats: 16mm

Constructed with cyclical close up views of a white swan preparing for flight, flexing and caressing, extending and folding its wings repeatedly as if bracing for a long journey. The contours of its body covered with softness of down bathed in light, play gracefully with the shadows and dark crevices of emptiness. While being seduced by the softness of its skin and gentle movements of the body one becomes aware of the uncomfortable closeness to this creature and its latent power and are reminded of Yeats’ Leda and the Swan ‘great wings beating still above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed by dark webs, her nape caught in his bill’.