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Biceps: Daniel Obasi

by Daniel Obasi on 22 July 2022

Daniel Obasi, an art director, photographer and stylist, challenges the masculine and 'tough' associations of the bicep, and the roots of a man's muscular structure in strength, pride, wellness and sex.

Daniel Obasi, an art director, photographer and stylist, challenges the masculine and 'tough' associations of the bicep, and the roots of a man's muscular structure in strength, pride, wellness and sex.

  • What did you hope to convey with your Bodies Of Knowledge film?

Daniel Obasi: When I think of bicep....masculinity comes to mind. It's a specific part of the body that society often regards in relation to a man’s masculinity. 'Look at those guns' is a common phrase in this context.

The obsession to develop the bicep and also a man’s entire muscular structure is often rooted in strength, pride, wellness or sex. The satisfaction that comes from watching the body transform through fitness or the transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. You see it everywhere; the gym, social media, it's a part of our society. Desirability, 'feel those muscles', sex appeal. Strength, agility all come to mind when you think of a man’s bicep. With this film I chose to explore some of these concepts through certain montages...very abstract and slightly over exaggerated yet surreal...throwing a soft, delicate and almost comical layer over what is often seen as hard or tough.

Film Concept and Direction:
Costume Design:
Daniel Obasi Studios
Talent:
Basil, Ekang, Adewunmi Andre, Wole Babalola, Adenrele Oluwaseun Adewunmi, Nicholas Oloto, Udochukwu Obasi
Choreography:
Scarz
Director of Photography:
Damian Ojimba
Edit:
Ekene Amaonwu
Sound Design:
Colour:
Ben Aitar
Production:
King Duke
Mix:
Kenneth Okoro
Director of Photography Assistance:
Dubem Nwabufor
Gaffer:
Niyi and Paul at Young Gaffer Production

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