¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art

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© Courtesy of the Artist and San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries
¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art
Curated by: Tony Labat

800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
April 19th, 2013 - June 29th, 2013
Opening: April 19th, 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Financial District/Wharf
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6
Free & Open to the Public


Extended dates! The exhibition is now open through June 29.

¡Oye, Mira!: Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art brings together a selection of artists from Latin America who use video as a tool of reflection and contemplation, exploring relationships of identity to site, history, and memory. These artists play an important role as mediators in the geo-political landscape, seeking to place their work within the context of place/site and the intersection of high culture and daily life. In the featured works, materiality, form, and concept come together in an expression of each artist's personal values and experience of the world. These range from place-specific issues of social justice and political oppression to the universal concerns of love and family.

Featuring a selection of works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, all created in the last 12 years, the exhibition considers a wide range of approaches to production and display, including the use of the "loop," narrative structures, sculptural installations/environments, and dialogues with complementary two-dimensional works. Audience participation will also be an integral part of the exhibition through an interactive video lounge with flavors of a Cuban café and live performances and dancing during the opening reception.

Since the early 1970s, the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute has been a pioneer in performance, moving image, and installation, and a breeding ground for work at the intersection of the three mediums. As one of the first graduates of the New Genre=s program and now Faculty Director of MFA programs at SFAI, curator Tony Labat, a Cuban native, has been an integral part of the development of New Genres since its inception. He continues to explore cross-disciplinary art production through teaching, curating, and his own practice.

Participating artists:

Edgardo Aragón (Mexico)
Alexandre Arrechea (Cuba)
Miguel Calderón (Mexico)
Sergio De La Torre (Mexico)
Humberto Diaz (Cuba)
Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba)
Ana Teresa Fernandez (Mexico)
Luis Gárciga (Cuba)
Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia)
leonardogillesfleur (Argentina)
Julio Cesar Morales (Mexico)
Yoshua Okon (Mexico)
Eamon Ore-Giron (Peru)
Amapola Prada (Peru)
Maya Watanabe (Peru)

During the opening reception from 8–9 there will be a live performance from Los Jaichackers (Spanglish for The Hijackers), a collaboration between artists Eamon Ore-Giron (based in Los Angeles) and Julio Cesar Morales (based in San Francisco and Phoenix). Functioning as a creative consultancy as well as an artistic collaboration, Los Jaichackers produce music, film, sculpture, installation, performance, and music videos as well as curate programs enlisting the talents of bands, guest lecturers, and performers with the goal of tracing the global DNA of emerging musical subcultures in Latin America, the border, the United States, and abroad.

Special thanks to the Kadist Art Foundation


Opening Night Events: 
Be the first to see the exhibition while enjoying wine, mingling with artists, and dancing the night away. 

7:30–8:15 pm: Gallery talk with curator Tony Labat and featured artists.

9–10 pm: Live musical and visual performance by Los Jaichackers, a creative collaboration between artists Julio Cesar Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron that traces the global DNA of emerging musical subcultures in Latin America, the border, the United States, and abroad.

Alexandre Arrechea
White Corner, 2006
Video installation
Kadist Foundation, Video Americas Collection

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