Crawling under the skin of his subjects, London-based filmmaker Bafic holds up a mirror to Orwellian society
Filmmaker and photographer Bafic has thrown viewers for a loop since he began making images and shorts in 2009. His intensely personal works crawl under the skin of his subjects, whether it’s a music video for Neneh Cherry’s “Spit Three Times”, a stripped-back video for Cherry’s daughter, Mabel (“My Boy My Town”), or a shifting set of commuters for NikeLab and Transport For London.
But it was his installation at London’s ICA, “Processing Procession”, that introduced Bafic to a whole new audience. Getting inside the CCTV hivemind, Bafic subverted the idea of surveillance by recording and projecting his own gritty footage of the public, holding up a mirror to Orwellian society. Originally hailing from the Midlands, the south London-based filmmaker keeps his work original by limiting his exposure to outside influences. “Listening to others is what stops you being free,” he says. His one escape? “My mind.”