Unresolved Circumstances: Video Art from Latin America

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Unresolved Circumstances: Video Art from Latin America

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
June 5th, 2011 - August 28th, 2011
Opening: June 5th, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

long beach
Wed,Fri,Sat,Sun 11-5 ; Thur 11-9
video, video-art


Unresolved Circumstances: Video Art from Latin America, co-curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Idurre Alonso from MOLAA, explores past and current recurring issues in Latin America that continuously shape a contradictory reality. Showcasing single-channel works by established and emerging artists, the videos in the exhibition illustrate a simultaneous ongoing attempt to build some sense of the present and the future.

Presented in three thematic axes—Culture, Politics and Location—the works in the exhibition deal with several global and local socio-political issues and forms of poetics and irony related to reality and its contradictions. The exhibition begins by presenting an open dialogue that relates to Latin American cultural realities and addresses subjects such as the construction of culture and the ironic deconstruction of artistic and historical iconography. This section includes the work Culture (1999) by Lucas Bambozzi in which the viewer is presented with different perspectives of what culture is and Ivan Candeo’s Miranda en la Carraca (2007) in which the artist criticizes institutional structures by destroying an emblematic work of art.

The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to video works that deal with political issues including colonialism and its effects; the contradictions of a dysfunctional modernity and its consequences and the establishment of political overpower and its effects. While artists such as Jeannette Chavez (Self-Censorship, 2006) and Tania Bruguera (Tatlin Whisper # 6 (Havana Version), 2009) address censorship in their works, Alexander Apostol (Yamaikater, 2009) refers to social inclusion and the empty discourse of Latin American politics. In this section there is also a significant sub-section dedicated to gender issues and includes the works of four women artists; Eugenia Calvo, Priscilla Monge, Amalia Caputo and Teresa Serrano. In their works, these women artists explore themes related to domesticity while at the same time questioning traditional gender roles.

The theme Location is primarily based on concerns associated with poetic and free associations with the landscape. In some cases, such as the work of Regina Galindo (Alarm, 2011) and Adriana Bustos (Spring, 2004), urban societies and its problems, including violence and social inequalities, become a central point of the works. In other works of art, such as the case of Cao Guimaraes (Nanofonia, 2003) and Thiago Rocha Pitta (Heritage, 2007), playfulness and an important sense of aesthetic beauty turn into an important characteristic of the video productions.

By presenting an array of videos created in a variety of aesthetic approaches to different issues through persistent themes pertinent to Latin America, Unresolved Circumstances illustrates the interconnections between the past and the present, local and universal issues and the intimate and the public.

Participating artists include: Narda Alvarado (Bolivia), Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Brigida Baltar (Brazil), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Adriana Bustos (Argentina), Eugenia Calvo (Argentina), Iván Candeo (Venezuela), Amalia Caputo (Venezuela), Jeanette Chávez (Cuba), Donna Conlon (U.S. / Panama),  Juan Manuel Echavarría (Colombia),  Regina Galindo (Guatemala), Cao Guimaraes (Brazil), José Antonio Hernández Diez (Venezuela), David Pérez Karmadavis (Dominican Republic), Jorge Macchi (Argentina), Erika Meza (Paraguay) and Javier López (Cuba), Priscilla Monge (Costa Rica),  Amalia Pica (Uruguay), Miguel Angel Ríos (Argentina), Thiago Rocha Pitta (Brazil),  Martín Sastre (Uruguay) and Teresa Serrano (Mexico).


Video in Perspective
Thursday, June 9, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Charter Screening Room

Join MOLAA Chief Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Curator Idurre Alonso in a discussion about current issues in video art, related to the exhibition Unresolved Circumstances: Perspectives on Current Video Art from Latin America.