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BARBER QUEEN is a synesthetic experience, which takes the audience to the hypersensitive world of various delicate changes of the self, illuminating the intimate stories of five different individuals who are undergoing visual transformations. The stories are intertwined and therefore all the scenes are combined into a series of close-ups metaphorically implying the experiencing of various sensations, emotions, and feelings, creating a playful dialogue between all participants.

The sensory journey through their lives starts with the beginning of their personal transformational routines, which are much closer to individual rituals than to random acts of solely putting on makeup or cutting one´s hair, and follows them until the end when their new look can be seen, and their new identity can be introduced.

BARBER QUEEN is not just a film but a visual exploration of the fluctuations of the contemporary identity.

  • Işıl Karataş
  • Pia Bühler
  • Viktoria Kostova
  • Yoana (Joyce) Stefanova
  • Dekadenca
    Key Cast
  • Pia Bühler
    Key Cast
  • Marija Barna-Lipkovski
    Key Cast
  • Miklós Barna Lipkovski
    Key Cast
  • Milica Terzić
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sensory ethnography, Ethnofiction
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2019
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, German, Hungarian, Serbian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Işıl Karataş, Pia Bühler, Viktoria Kostova, Yoana (Joyce) Stefanova

Işıl Karataş is a PhD research fellow and a teaching associate in the European Ethnology department at the University of Vienna with an interest in the avant-garde, and analogue cinema. Pia Bühler is a master's student in Anthropology. Viktoria Kostova is a bachelor’s student in journalism with experience in cultural management. Joyce Stefanova is a master’s student in the History, Culture and Communication department at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with a focus on contemporary arts.

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