Ginasio by Berry Bickle
Ginasio is shot in a gymnasium in the Island of Mozanbique. Perhaps first to explain the Island of Mozambique, the fist colonial capital, held by the Portuguese to enable the ships on the sea route to India to be resupplied. Ilha has the remenance of European occupation and architecture since 15 century, in the contemporary is both a ruin and a vibrant city island that has reinvented the spaces of the colonial capital. Declared a World Heritage site in 2000, previously a refuge for many communities fleeing the civil war on the mainland Mozambique that raged until 1994.
Country: Mozambique, Zimbabwe
The gym occupied by the young men of Ilha is such a space and they have constructed their own equipment from railway wheels and genuine cannon balls that were washed up on the beach. Ginasio looks at bodies in the gym, and attempts to formulate a sequence of movements and mood that convey an element of a society at peace and individual expression or discovery is enacted. The comparison being what these young men had previously known in their lives, displacement and war. Shot on low light, as this remote part of Africa is low tech, Ginasio is a small vision of Africa that does not attempt to explain anything other than this small space in time in a Gym.