A cinematic trans masculine romance through the deserts of Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Samira Elagoz dedicated years to filming and researching cis men when still a female artist. While previous projects had him searching for masculinity as an outsider, in Seek Bromance, Elagoz does it as a fellow bro. It started from a message he received on Facebook from a mysterious male-presenting profile who turned out to be a trans guy artist and former glamour model called Cade. When Elagoz eventually realized he was a non-woman himself, he immediately knew he wanted Cade to be the one to guide him.
The theme of this collaboration became the relationship between 3 lovers, the camera being one of them. Roaming in shared isolation through a locked-down LA and Las Vegas deserts, with a car, some cash, and a supply of testosterone, the lovers explore integral dynamics of masculinity and femininity.
"I set out to make a work that I needed to see while struggling with my gender. A trans work where it’s not about educating cis people, or justifying our existence or being shiny positive examples, but a real story, where the trans protagonists are complex and troubled, progressive and admirable, problematic and relatable. Where they are rebels, lovers, creators, and hot af.” Samira Elagoz
Interview with Samira Elagoz
"SEEK BROMANCE is originally a 2010 Avicii song with a music video of two bros going on a road trip with a third wheel chick. I feel like that could be the tagline of my work.“ Read the entire interview.
concept and direction Samira Elagoz material in collaboration with Aris advice Bruno Listopad, Antonia Steffens extra advice Otto Rissanen, Tiana Hemlock-Yensen, Richard Sand, Valerie Cole, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, Michael Scerbo advice during filming Jeanette Groenendaal production SPRING Performing Arts Festival co-production Frascati Amsterdam, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussels, Black Box Teater Oslo, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen, Finish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Arsenic - Contemporary Performing Arts Center, Lausanne with the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten NL, Koneen Säätiö FI, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds NL, Ammodo NL
Samira Elagoz (b. 1989, Helsinki) is a filmmaker and performance artist, currently living in Amsterdam and Berlin. For several years, he dedicated his artistic practice to researching and filming cis-men and first encounters with male strangers while still a female artist. Today, Elagoz identifies as a transmasculine with a high femme past. His works are very personal and deal with significant social and political issues of our time (sexual violence, male gaze, loneliness in the digital age, etc.). He has toured his works worldwide in various international performance art, film, and visual art contexts.