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Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, South London Gallery, 10 Jun - 11 Sep 2016. Photo: Rosie Reed Gold

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, South London Gallery, 10 Jun - 11 Sep 2016. Photo: Rosie Reed Gold

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo, Calzadilla Sweat Glands, Sweat Lands, 2006. © Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla

Under the Same Sun: Film Programme

UNDER THE SAME SUN - ACCOMPANYING EVENT

11,18,25 Jun; 2,9,16,23,30 Jul; 6,13,20,27 Aug; 3,10 Sep 2016

Overview

An extended programme of video works from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative collection of Latin American Art are screened in the Clore Studio every Saturday.

 

LIST OF WORKS 

Regina José Galindo, Blind Spot (Punto ciego), 2010

This video, which documents a performance by the artist, is a meditation on human relations and perception. Regina José Galindo is shown completely nude and standing on a pedestal as if she were a sculpture. Though seemingly inviting of voyeurism, the tone of the work shifts dramatically as the gallery fills with an audience of blind people, who gradually begin to move their hands over the artist’s body with a mix of curiosity and mockery. Here, touch replaces sight as the primary way of knowing the world, and the work offers a metaphor for the revelatory capacity of art and the possibility of contact between subject and object, self and other.

Digital colour video, with sound, 17 min., 2 sec. A.P. 1/3, edition of 5. Regina José Galindo, b. 1974, Guatemala City; lives and works in Antigua, Guatemala.

Read the artist biography here

Claudia Joskowicz, Vallegrande 1967, 2008

Claudia Joskowicz uses video to imaginatively recreate events from Bolivia’s “mytho-historic” past, here focusing on the death of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Joskowicz uses a slow zoom to dramatically set the scene, drawing the viewer’s eye into the dilapidated laundry where Che’s corpse was displayed for the press after his 1967 assassination by the Bolivian army. Actors stand in frozen poses around the body, their reverential stillness evoking Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna’s painting The Lamentation over the Dead Christ (c. 1480). The crucial moment occurs when a photographer mounts the funeral bier to get a better shot, the resultant iconic image sealing Che’s status as a martyr.

Digital colour video, with sound, 8 min. Edition 2/5. Claudia Joskowicz, b. 1968, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; lives and works in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and New York.

Read the artist biography here.

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Sweat Glands, Sweat Lands, 2006

The scenario of Sweat Glands, Sweat Lands is centred on the image of a skewered pig attached to the back wheel of a car, the animal’s roasting carcass rotating ever more rapidly as the driver continues to accelerate. Along with the music, by Puerto Rican band Calle 13, the video’s imagery of metal and flesh seems to offer a glimpse into a dystopian world.

Digital colour video, with sound, 2 min., 21 sec. Edition 5/6. Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, b. 1974, Philadelphia and b. 1971 Havana; live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Read the artist biographies here.

Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, An Uncomfortable Eagerness (Un afán incómodo), 2011

An Uncomfortable Eagerness (Un afán incómodo) presents a collection of images culled from the collections of the Library of the Centre for Theological Studies of the Amazon and the Library of the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon. The artists travelled to Iquitos, Peru—a locus of vigorous debates around Amazonian identity—to conduct their research. Guided by intuition, they unearthed images, sounds, and texts from myriad documents, assembling a work that maps connections and constructs narratives reflecting the desire to understand the area in its complexity while examining the difficulty of conserving delicate materials in tropical climes. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

Digital colour video, with sound, 20 min. Edition 1/5. Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, b. 1963, Bogotá and b. 1967, Los Angeles; live and work in Lima.

Read the artist biography here.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, The Black Cave, 2013

The Black Cave (La cueva negra) explores the Paso del Indio, an indigenous burial ground in Puerto Rico that was discovered during the construction of a highway and eventually paved over. Drawing on interviews with local residents and with archaeologists involved in the excavation, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s video offers a reflection on the origins and meanings of the site, which becomes in the process an allegory for the island’s convoluted history. The camera tracks two teenage boys wandering through the area, their freedom of movement and sense of curiosity symbolising the romantic but ultimately misguided desire to find and preserve paradise.

Digital colour video, with sound, 20 min. Edition 1/5. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Read the artist biography here.


Tamar Guimarães, Canoas, 2010

In this video, Guimarães stages a cocktail party in Casa das Canoas, the iconic home that architect Oscar Niemeyer designed for himself in Rio de Janeiro between 1951 and 1953. The apparent frivolity of the party is tempered by several more serious vignettes in which guests discuss Brazil’s past in terms of the relationship between modernity and social housing, political dictatorship and artistic exile. Yet these concerns strike a contradictory note in the party’s bourgeois context, a disparity that is underscored by the discreet presence of servants and waiters—despite the artistic and political idealism represented by Niemeyer’s modernist design, the reality of social stratification remains a part of Brazilian culture.

Digital colour video, with sound, transferred from 16 mm film, 13 min., 30 sec. Edition 3/7. Tamar Guimarães, b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; lives and works in Copenhagen.

Read the artist biography here


Alexander Apóstol, Chromosaturated Social Contract, 2012

In this video, Alexander Apóstol investigates the relationship between architecture, art, and urban planning in relation to Venezuelan history through reference to the work of Carlos Cruz-Diez, a pioneer of Kinetic and Op Art. Apóstol’s project rejects the vibrancy and sophistication of Cruz-Diez’s architectural projects, which themselves mirror the progressive political climate that arose in Venezuela during an economic boom birthed by 1973’s U.S. energy crisis. Yet as the work and recent events in Venezuela also suggest, democracy in this context was not quite as firmly established as it appeared.

For the current exhibition, the work has been adapted as a single-channel digital colour video, silent, 52 min. Edition 1/5. Alexander Apóstol, b. 1969, Caracas; lives and works in Madrid.

Read the artist biography here




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