'The Man Who Sold His Skin' considers the nature of art
“The Man Who Sold His Skin” for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this Sunday. It’s a movie about a Syrian refugee who cannot travel through Europe because of his refugee status, and a controversial artist who is looking to make a statement. The artist tattoos a giant visa on the back of the refugee, which gives him right to travel as a commodity to exhibitions in the places he otherwise could not go.
It’s certainly a film that’s trying to say a lot. Sometimes it does. I argue that sometimes it doesn’t come through on the claims that it makes. One thing we did conclude is that it is incredibly shot and a wonder to look at. Either way, it gave us a lot to flesh out, about access, geo-politics, and the nature of Art.
This week, instead of talking about what else we have been watching, me and Kpolly catch up on what we have been reading, which was a real joy as well.
Stream the episode below.