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Nilüfer Yanya challenges what is real in her new video for ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’

“The video is about the concept of performance and the relation to the individual,” she explains.
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Published: 2:44 pm, November 07, 2018Words: Sam Taylor. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
Nilüfer Yanya challenges what is real in her new video for ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’

Nilüfer Yanya has released a new video for ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’.

Her latest clip arrives ahead of a support tour with Interpol, which kicks off on 14th November and includes two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“‘Heavyweight Champion…’ for me is about reaching my own metaphorical bar, reaching my own limits within myself, and kind of forbidding myself to take it further,” she explains.

“It feels like quite a physical song, quite physically tired - and mentally, but knowing the desire is still there to continue. I imagine it sometimes in my head as drawing a line around me and the outside world - a form of self-protection and preservation.”

“The video is about the concept of performance and the relation to the individual,” she adds. “We are never really sure who is the real me. This is because we are all in a state of constant performance, whether that be in everyday life or being in front of a camera. Even when we are not performing, how do we know we are not performing? Which is the genuine and which is the fake? Only in retrospect we can look back and realise ‘I wasn’t being myself’ or ‘I was completely myself’.”

Watch ‘Heavyweight Champion of the Year’ below.

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