Ngarap: fighting over a corpse

Ngarap: fighting over a corpse © ANU
17 minutes / Colour / 1973
Directed by
Anthony Forge


Country of production Australia

Series ANU, Indonesia Series

In 1993, Anthony Forge filmed the cremation of an older woman from an affluent ‘commoner’ family. As her body was moved from her family compound to the cremation tower, men of the ward seized the body and began to fight over it, as was traditional in that part of Bali. Forge juxtaposes his recording of this event with Gregory Bateson’s 1937 footage of a ngarap and footage of Balinese paintings. The video is based on an unfinished version Forge was working on with Patsy Asch before his death.

Location(s) depicted Bali

Region South-East Asia

Country Indonesia

Keywords Death Ritual Art / Artists / Artisans Archival material / Museum displays