In the Box: Charlotte Dumas: Anima
Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas’ film “Anima” – referencing the Latin term for “soul” – presents an intimate portrayal of the caisson horses of Arlington National Cemetery. The horses lead the caskets of fallen soldiers to their final resting place in the cemetery, a solemn duty done in similar funerary traditions around the world for centuries. The ritual is no longer widely practiced, making these animals’ duty even more special. Dumas photographed and filmed the horses at night in their stables at Fort Myer, Virginia. They are shown falling asleep, an intimate moment most people will never see. “Anima” conveys that all creatures inhabiting the Earth have souls and should be treated with respect and dignity.