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Maja Čule, Mouth, 2017, digital video, color, sound, 18 minutes
55 seconds. Photo: Ollie Harrop.

Maja Čule

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Maja Čule, Mouth, 2017, digital video, color, sound, 18 minutes
55 seconds. Photo: Ollie Harrop.

Maja Čule’s new video Mouth, 2017, is what a nature documentary might be like if made with a mumblecore aesthetic. Men in outdoor gear roam through a forest holding big sticks, shuffle around a muddy lake, and cross terrain thickly covered in decaying autumn leaves. One howls to the sky. Another scans a man’s back with his phone, zooming in on what appears to be a tick bite. At night they stalk animals and wrestle with each other—at one point I heard a pig or boar grunt, but it was too dark to see what’s happening. The soundtrack is ambient: Sometimes we hear their voices or the camera microphone knocking against things, other times leaves crunching, wind blowing, foliage rustling. These scenes are interspersed with others shot in what appears to be an animal sanctuary. A woman clad in beige and khaki, with messy long auburn hair and tortoiseshell glasses, tends to birds,

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