HETAIN PATEL, born in 1980 in Bolton, lives in London. Recipient of the Jarman Award in 2019. He works in the areas of performance, film, sculpture and photography.
Selected solo and group exhibitions: Manchester Art Gallery; Royal Opera House, London (2018); Wood-street Galleries, Pittsburgh; 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Serpentine Gallery, London; Tate Modern Tanks, London (2012).
Selected films: The Jump (2015), Heaven and Earth (2014)
KINO DER KUNST 2020
Don’t Look at the Finger
GBR 2017, HD, 16’08’’, BRITISCHE ZEICHENSPRACHE/BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE
An African wedding ceremony: the bridal couple meet each other for the very first time in the church. They scrutinize one another and attempt to make contact using a ritualistic sign language. A trial of strength begins that quickly escalates into combat, as Kung Fu, Wushu and karate transform the West African love ritual into an action-packed martial arts film. The couple’s wordless dialogue demonstrates the perfect ability of the body to communicate and the universality of visual language