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SaF05 is named after a maned lioness that figures in the work as a cipher for queer attachment and desire. This animal is the last of several maned lionesses documented in the Okavango Delta and is only known to artist and filmmaker Charlotte Prodger through a database of behaviours and camera-trap footage logged across several years. These indexes of SaF05’s existence are intersected with autobiographical fragments from Prodger’s own life that fluctuate between proximity and distance. Her voiceover traces a chronology of intimate gestures and interpersonal connections from prepubescence to the present, inscribed with the incidental details of territorial delineation, sovereignty and land use. Central to these fluctuations is a tension between macro and micro, the experienced and the described.
SaF05 is the last in a trilogy of videos that began with Stoneymollan Trail (2015) and was followed by BRIDGIT (2016). This autobiographical cycle traces the accumulation of affinities, desires and losses that form a self as it moves forward in time.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival - Wavelengths


Type of film
Running Time
40 mins
Charlotte Prodger
Charlotte Prodger
Charlotte Prodger

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Last updated 15th August 2019

Production Company

Commissioned by Scotland + Venice – a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland – with funding support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park

Charlotte Prodger
c/o Koppe Astner
+44 (0)141 248 8177


c/o Koppe Astner
+44 (0)141 248 8177