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Laurent Grasso, FR

Cartagena, a strategic port city in the Mediterranean, was always defended by fortresses and bastions. This film by French artist Laurent Grasso depicted this ancient defence system as an iconic symbol of the relationship between Northern Africa and Spain. Using voice over narration to describe both history and legend, the film explored notions of fear and paranoia, and drew a parallel between events from the past and the present day.