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Viktoria Modesta ‘Prototype’ by Saam Farahmand

Viktoria Modesta ‘Prototype’ by Saam Farahmand

David Knight - 16th Dec 2014

Channel 4's work in challenging perceptions of disability, most notably with their coverage of the 2012 Paralympics, reaches a new landmark with Born Risky - a new brand campaign dedicated on changing attitudes towards the disabled – and this trailblazing and spectacular video directed by Saam Farahmand. 

Step forward Viktoria Modesta, who has been billed as the world's first bionic pop artist in the brouhaha surrounding Saam's video for Prototype - previewed in a 40 second commercial in the final ad break of The X Factor Final last Sunday. And although it's likely the video cost much less to make than the cost of buying that super-premium ad slot (an estimated £200K) Saam has propelled this unknown artist into a high end pop video worthy of Madonna or Lady Gaga.     

In a Thirties-style dictatorship, Viktoria becomes the fulcrum of dissent, because of her talent and non-conformism - of which her disability symbolises. Her lower left leg is missing, so she wears a series of intriguing prosthetic limbs (designed by Sophie de Oliveria Barata) and radiates those elements of rebellion and sexuality that marks her out as a potential icon. And that's before a mesmerizing puppet-dance routine with her cone-shaped limb wielded like a super-stiletto.

Arguably there is a paradox here – the artist's physical difference is celebrated at least as much as her talent - but there's no question Saam has now achieved what he has long threatened: made a really outstanding pure pop video. 


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Saam Farahmand
Kate Hitchings
Production Company
Rogue Films


Director of Photography
Florian Hoffmeister


Art Director
Tim Gibson


Costume designer
Joanna Hir


Jay Revell


David Stevens
Editing company
The Assembly Rooms


Post production company


Channel 4


Other credits

Creative Director

Chris Bovill

Creative Director

John Allison

Executive Producer

Miketta Lane


Kirstin Cruickshank

Alternative Limb Designer

Sophie de Oliveria Barata

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