Paso Fino
Wim Liebrand, 1987, 3'25''

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Paso fino is Spanish for 'last step' and also describes the gait of a horse which is comfortable for the rider but unnatural for the horse. Liebrand's Paso Fino dramatically depicts a horse's final moments and death. We observe the end of its life in a tape that lasts for three minutes which, through the images' structure and treatment, seem to last forever. To the accompaniment of expressive music, we watch riders galloping, a horse being held down for the coup de grâce, a horse in a paddock, a horse receiving the coup de grâce... In a broader sense, Paso Fino is a metaphor for death's imminence. So it's not only about the horse, it also refers to everyone's last breath. This impression is also emphasized by the jarring final image of a man standing behind handmade disc of the universe. Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 3'25''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: music video / clip, narrative
  • Keywords: representation, time, death