Notes on a Review of Video Curatorships

By Erandy Vergara

Notes on a Review of Video Curatorships

Still "Diablo en la piel", 1998. Ximena Cuevas. Video 8

This reading of curatorship and its particular recording of events has been conceived as a space in which to rethink the connections between video art and curatorial practices. Rather than a quest for specific and continual history, the aim is to raise questions regarding the construction of memory from discontinuities.  Due to the scant number of critical essays and publications addressing the history of video art in Mexico, the curators outline the main coordinates for art production and the very process of historical construction. The research lines of this project come from three concepts and its integration with active stakeholders such as curators and artists: Event, document and memory.

The events, documents and memories considered in this project have been activated by artists, curators and institutions that, from different standpoints and practices, have kept the field of video moving. Some fundamental questions raised by this dialectic of event-document-memory-curator are: How is video production organised from curatorial discourses? How can we set up a historic reading from these events? How to identify leaks and gaps? These questions, among others, have leaded the curatorial process that proposes to review video production in Mexico.

 

  • Programme 1. From 15 of April to 12 of July

- Interviews:
Guillermo Santamarina, 2009
HDV, 9’44’’

Bruno Varela, 2009
HDV, 16’46’’

Ana de la Rosa y Lorena Rossette, 2009
HDV, 11’27’’


Curated by Príamo Lozada

13 Festival Internacional de Arte Electrónico VideoBrasil, 2001
Ximena Cuevas Videos (parte 1)

Almas gemelas, 1999
Super 8, 2’00’’

Contemporary artist, 1999
Mini DV, 5’03’’

Cuerpos de papel, 1997
Video 8, 4’00’’

Diablo en la piel, 1998
Video 8, 5’05’’

 

  • Programme 2. From 15 of July to 25 of October

- Interviews:
Antonio Arango, 2009
HDV, 12’41’’

Jesse Lerner, 2009
HDV, 7’52’’


Curated by Príamo Lozada

13 Festival Internacional de Arte Electrónico VideoBrasil, 2001
Ximena Cuevas Videos (parte 2)

La puerta, 2000
Mini DV, 5’00’’

Medias mentiras, 1995
VHS/vídeo 8, 34’00’’

Natural instincts, 1999
VHS/mini DV, 3’12’’

Staying alive, 2001
Mini DV, 3’00’’

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