“Un Tigre” photo by Dionis Escorsa, 40 min.
“Towards a Mapuche Feminism”, video documentation of Katia Sepúlveda, 60 min.
Opening: Friday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Open exhibition: May 20 to 26
Hours: 17 to 20 hours.
Calle Abaixadors, 10 Vacancies, Borne, Barcelona
“Un Tigre” photo by Dionis Escorsa
In 1934, a military plane collapsed in the middle of the Ramblas of Barcelona, wounding to an Impressionist painter that walked there. During the delirium he has in the hospital – the week in which Catalan independence is declared – the painter believes that his partner (a communist photographer sent by a Soviet newspaper to cover the Spanish political turmoil) is stealing the images that make up His art and the story of his life. When she finally awakens, of independence there remain only some photographs made by her, to whom the restoration of the fascist order has immediately led her into exile.
I have copied your image, says the narrator of the fotonovela – Dionis Escorsa, the author – addressing his grandfather as if he were himself, in an interesting exercise of self-fiction. The figure of the grandfather Esfarsa, (an artist who sells, but bad, a bourgeois of the widening, conservative, victimizing and disbelieving) personifies in some way the dependence towards the own ancestors. Irina, a political activist with a very different artistic discourse, portrays the paradigmatic confrontation between the objectivity (or veracity) of the photographic record and the subjectivity (or arbitrariness) of the pictorial creation, which Walter Benjamin analyzed right in that Same time.
This is a piece of illustrated literature full of humor and visual hits, a “vintage” soundless photo but with a text in subtitles, combining images found with others of own realization, to visualize a series of dependencies – familiar, economic, political , Loving and artistic – of which the protagonist wanted to escape fruitlessly. It is what Borges affirms that it happens when, in dreaming, one pretends to direct his dream and to cause that in him arises for example a tiger: the animal appears, but dissected, or with impure variations of form, or throwing dog, or bird .. .
“Towards a Mapuche Feminism”, video-documentary by Katia Sepulveda
Video-documentation of a dialogue-performance, presented in the framework of the 32 Biennial of Sao Paulo 2016. The discussion transits between the space of theory and activism, questioning the term feminism, trying to unveil a name to a corporality that complexes the At the same time the intersections of State-Nation / gender / race and class, from a critical and anti-colonial perspective, as part of the processes of black becoming.
Bio Dionis Escorsa
Dionis Escorsa was born in Tortosa in 1970, visual artist and filmmaker. Of marked video sense, its proposals cover the multiple disciplines of the representation and their relationship with the space in which they are shown, the light that conforms them and the viewer’s view, often affecting their “spectral” character. Since 2004 he has made a prolific cinematographic production, with a series of short films such as “Retrovisions”, “Conscience fiction”, or “The skin of music”, premiered at multiple international festivals, museums and art institutions. In 2013 he made his first feature film, “Y,” a dream immersion in the nightmares of victims of the Balkan conflict, which premiered internationally at the Kino der Kunst festival in Munich, curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Www.dionisescorsa.net/
Bio Katia Sepúlveda
Katia Sepúlveda was born in Santiago de Chile in 1978, visual artist. He began attending workshops directed by Chilean artists at the age of 15. Between 1996 and 2000 he studied photography at the ARCOS Institute of Arts and Communication in Santiago, Chile, followed by a postgraduate course in cinematographic direction at the University of Chile. He received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), moving to Cologne, Germany in 2004 to study at the Cologne Arts and Media Academy (KHM), where he attended Valie Export classes, Jürgen Klauke, Matthias Müller, Julia Scher. In 2009 he obtained his master’s degree. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in critical theory at the 17th, Institute of Critical Studies, in Mexico City. His works deal with transfeminist and decolonial themes. His work has been exhibited in many museums and cultural institutions, in Europe, as in Latin America. Katia Sepúlveda lives and works in Cologne Germany. Https://www.katiasepulveda.com/+info