The film follows a group of professional athletes practicing powerlifting, a sport where three fitness exercises are performed and brought to the extreme: squat, bench-press and deadlift. Through exhausting workout sessions and repetitive routines, the athletes strive to increase the weight lifted with their bodies. The sport here represents a metaphor of self-exploitation in a neoliberal society, where individual are called to constantly increase their performance.
Camera, editing and sound design by Davide Ghelli Santuliana
Exhibition view at Six Academies, at UNSEEN 2018 (Amsterdam, NL).