Of People in Cities

Bêka & Lemoine, Homo Urbanus, HD, col­or, France, 2017—2020. Image and sound: Ila Bêka, edit­ing: Louise Lemoine & Ila Bêka, Pro­duc­tion: Bêka & Lemoine. Homo Urbanus Neapoli­tanus (45 min), Homo Urbanus Rabatius (45 min), Homo Urbanus Petrobur­gu­mus (45 min), Homo Urbanus Vene­tianus (55 min) © Bêka & Lemoine

The mov­ing images show Bogotá and St. Peters­burg, Rabat and Seoul, Naples and Tokyo, Doha and Shang­hai, Kyoto and Venice. We are immersed in scenes of the every­day. There is fish­ing, clean­ing, danc­ing, and laugh­ing. What we see here is city. But it is not that city that shuf­fles from one mega project to anoth­er to claim its own in inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion. Rather, the spaces in this film speak of use. They show us that cities are, above and beyond, lived spaces that come alive only through us and our activ­i­ties. We do not find the same­ness of glob­al cities here. Instead: plu­ral­i­ty, het­ero­gene­ity, and again and again, site-spe­cif­ic being, mak­ing, and doing.


Homo Urbanus


Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine


Since 2018



© Bêka & Lemoine
© Bêka & Lemoine