Premiere: Sevdaliza Releases Otherworldly Video For "Human"

Premiere: Sevdaliza Releases Otherworldly Video For "Human"

The artist juxtaposes seduction and confrontation with her fantastical new video.

The artist juxtaposes seduction and confrontation with her fantastical new video.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Amsterdam-based singer/producer Sevdaliza has a new video for her single, "Human," and it's premiering exclusively on V. The cinematic short is a total audiovisual experience that sits right in the artistic world that the artist has created with previous works. Ironically, and likely intentionally, the focus of the film isn't human at all.

In the video, Sevdaliza takes her motto, "operating from another world," to the next level. Standing in the center of a ring, under the watchful gaze of a panel of men, she drops her robe to reveal blue centaur-like legs. Once bare, she dances for the men as if in a hypnosis, her sole focus on them creating a tense and confrontational moment.

It's not easy to tell if the scene is meant to be empowering or objectifying, and Sevdaliza's inspiration for it only makes it more unsettling. "The basic human need to be watched was once satisfied by God. Now, the same functionality can be replicated by man. This is the tale of a voyeuristic consumerism nightmare," she says on the video. Though she is based in The Netherlands, Sevdaliza's latest makes for a powerful commentary on the current political climate in the United States, where the President-elect and his VP have promised to pass laws about what women can and can't do with their bodies. 

With the video's release, Sevdaliza announces her as-yet-untitled debut album, coming in 2017.

Immerse yourself in "Human" below:

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