One of six films created for World Peace Day (21st September) as part of annual collection films4peace in which contemporary artists are commissioned to interpret peace, Anthony Goicolea’s Piñata explores the loss of identity individuals undergo when they assimilate into a large group:
“In my film for films4peace I wanted to dissect this sacrificial custom, the mechanics behind group dynamics, as well as the destruction that comes from greed. A life-sized, anatomically correct, sculpted horse in the guise of a piñata is beaten and destroyed until the multiple, identically clad, kids who flog it like monks banging church bells or a gong, surrender to the regret of the destruction they have wrought.”
Here’s an interview with Goicolea discussing the film and what peace means to him:
You can read more about Goicolea’s work as an artist here and also watch all the films from the collection over on the films4peace site.