Akeroyd Collection


Enzo Camacho & Amy Lien, Decomposition Animation, 2023

In Decomposition Animation (2023) we see beating hearts, sacred hearts, skulls crawling with worms, plant life and leaves mutating, butterflies flapping and fires burning. These are rendered as organic looking inscriptions but moving via the unmistakable technique of stop-motion animation, shot on 16mm film. As is typical of Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien’s work, the materials and techniques used are imbibed with the site of research and the material histories that are being addressed. In Decomposition Animation, they created a technique of meticulously hand drawing each frame by pushing wet paper pulp around on a surface, just under the camera lens. The wet paper pulp is composted vegetable and plant material, the same used in their handmade paper works. This work allowed for poetic interludes in a larger exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong called Offerings for Escalante in 2023, which commemorated historic massacres of workers protesting their working conditions and rights across different time periods. These included The Sagay massacre that occurred on a sugar plantation, in Sagay, Negros Occidental, Philippines on the 20th of October 2018.

Medium16mm colour film, silent
Duration50 seconds
Editionof 1 + 2 APs