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Bafic Dazed 100
Photography Elliott Power

Crawling under the skin of his subjects, London-based filmmaker Bafic holds up a mirror to Orwellian society

LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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.”

Trey Taylor