Jeremy Deller and Cecilia Bengolea’s Bom Bom’s Dream follows the fantastic adventures of a Japanese dancer known as Bom Bom – celebrated for her gymnastic, slapstick dance moves – as she travels to Jamaica to participate in the local dancehall music scene. With its low-fi special effects and fantasy sequences, the video is a cross-cultural, contemporary equivalent to Alice in Wonderland.
Like many of Deller and Bengolea’s individual works – not least Deller’s 2006 film on the international fan base of the English electronic band Depeche Mode – Bom Bom’s Dream explores the social character of rituals related to popular music. It is the second film that Deller and Bengolea have worked on together, and features an original soundtrack by Deller.
Jeremy Deller and Cecilia Bengolea's, Bom Bom's Dream (2016) is co-commissioned by Hayward Gallery, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo and The Vinyl Factory, and co-produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary with support using public funding by Arts Council England.
Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London) lives and works in London.
Cecilia Bengolea (b. 1984, Buenos Aires) lives and works in Paris.
Bom Bom's Dream is part of The Infinite Mix exhibition.