Punto de Vista 2021 Winners
Direction: Ana Vaz
Cinematographer: Ana Vaz
Editor: Ana Vaz
Sound: Ana Vaz
16mm, transfer DCP
Pseudosphinx is the scientific name of the fire-caterpillars soon to become butterfies, or as they're commonly (and auspiciously) called: witches. These butterfy-witches are associated with several myths. Pseudosphinx is at the same time sphinx, meaning inhuman chtonic monstrosity that spells charades; and pseudo, as in artificial, insincere, deceptive, unreal, illusive, mimetic. Pseudosphynx keeps its meaning veiled, like a secret kept by those who save in their retinas the haptic impression of its fight.
Commissioned by: Instituto Moreira Salles, IMS-convida
Ana Vaz (1986, Brasilia) is an artist and filmmaker. Trained at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Vaz was also a member of the SPEAP (Sciences Po, École des Arts Politiques). Her work has been screened at Tate Modern, Tabakalera, New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Cinéma du réel.
Pseudosphynx (2020), Apiyemiyekî? (2019), Atomic Garden (2018), Olhe bem as montanhas/Look Closely at the Mountains (2018), Há terra! (2016), Occidente (2015), A Idade da Pedra (2013), Les mains négatives (2012), Entre temps (2012), Sacris Pulso (2007)