Hold Your Breath - Filmstill, pigment-print on Crane Museo Silver Rag paper, mounted on Alu-Reynobond, 47 x 60 cm, 2010
Edition of 8
“Hold Your Breath” is based on Sigmund Freud´s observations on case study “The Wolf-Man: From the History of an Infantile Neurosis”. The black-and-white film tells the story of five year old Sergei Pankejeff and his continuously growing phobia of animals, wolves in particular. In his latest filmic project Clement Page figures out the reasons for the phobia and the corresponding family relations surrounding the boy. The transformation of the puerile character, which goes along with fear and confusion, contain scraps of reality and fantasy. Thereby Page refers to several theories Freud sets up for the case and blends them together.
Accompanying “Hold Your Breath” are several watercolours with topical similarities to the film. Filmic moments freeze like an filmstill and were enhanced through Clement Page´s generic negative/positiv impact in terms of reality conceptions. For the first time the current exhibition will present coloured as oppose to black-and-white watercolours.
The film is sponsored in 2010 by the medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH in the category „Artistic Low Budget Film“ and the Sigmund Freud-Stiftung in Frankfurt/Main.