The clay diaries (El cuaderno de barro)

(2012) 60'
Produced by Tusitala PC, Bord Cadre Films

Conceived during the shooting of Los pasos dobles, this documentary follows the life and work of the painter Miquel Barceló in Africa. The camera watches the painter talking with friends and collaborators, and discovering the natural materials whereby he will

rework ancient African art through the lens of contemporary subjectivity. We watch the artist working along with choreographer Josef Nadj to make up the performance “Paso doble” (that was seen in Avignon, Venice Biennal) in the little African village of Dogon country where Barceló uses to live, with their neighbours as spectators.

Gold FIPA in Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels de Biarritz 2012

National Cinema Prize of Catalonia, 2012


Miquel Barceló, Josef Nadj, Alain Mahe, Amon Pegnere Dolo, Amassagou Dolo, Wani Dolo, Adégne Ana Dolo, Ogobara Dolo, Moussa Konate, Cheick Sogoré, Philippe Varoutsikos, Pere Coll


Director: Isaki Lacuesta
Executive producers: Luisa Matienzo / Dan Wechsler
Scriptwriters: Isa Campo / Isaki Lacuesta
Director of Photography: Diego Dussuel
Producción direction: Luis Gutiérrez
Editing: Lupe Pèrez García
Music: Alain Mahe
Sound: Amanda Villavieja
First assistant director: Luis Bértolo

Casting: Cendrine Lapuyade

Still photographer: Óscar Orengo

Making of: Nacho Martín

Tecnical data

Year: 2011
Genre: Documental
Screen Ratio: 16:9
Languages: Bambara/dogon/french
Subtitles: spanish, english
Running Time: 60 min