Screening: DISTANCIA. Se habla español in conversation with Ensayos
Monday, November 25, 2019
7:00 to 9:00 pm
The 8th Floor
17 W 17th St, New York,
Please join us for our third public program and the screening of DISTANCIA presented by Ensayos and Se habla español at The 8th Floor! We will be in conversation with the Chilean collective, Ensayos comprised of art historian Carla Macchiavello, curator Camila Marambio and independent lawyer Carolina Saquel. Presented for the first time in New York, DISTANCIA is an ethnofictional web series that addresses questions related to political ecology set in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. In the words of Ensayos, “beyond the strait of Magellan, in a territory that is often imagined as untouched and remote, unfolds a story of cosmopolitical entanglement between two Chilean human rights activists, an American tycoon, a Nation State, a conservation biologist, a road under construction, a family of penguins, and the relentless wind. Of environmental proportions, this complex tale reveals a colonial culture of appropriation and extermination and the extraordinary civilians who fight for justice and kinship at the 'roads to end'.”
Se habla español (SHE) is a curatorial collective established in 2017 by Noelia Lecue Francia, María Alejandra Sáenz García, Andrea Valencia Aranda, and Natalia Viera Salgado. As Spanish speakers and curators, the collective works on interdisciplinary artistic projects that seek to expand the limits of language, addressing ecology, migration, identity, human rights, and memory. SHE develops through collective effort and multiple perspectives, curatorial and artistic research that take the form of exhibitions, publications, talks, and workshops. SHE responds to contemporary issues, creating platforms that enable reflections and support artistic creation.
Ensayos is a collective research practice centered on extinction, human geography and coastal health. Initiated on the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, Ensayos first focused solely on the ecopolitical issues impacting the Fuegian archipelago and its inhabitants–past and present, human and nonhuman. Over the years Ensayos has defined itself as an interdisciplinary residency, a transdisciplinary research program, an ecofeminist collective, a public health service, and a curatorial exercise.
The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners.
Carla Macchiavello (Chile), art historian, Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Macchiavello has specialized in Chilean and Latin American contemporary art with an emphasis in video, performance, networks of solidarity and resistance, and artistic practices aimed at social change. She received her PhD and Masters degrees in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University, NYC. From 2010 until 2014 she was Assistant Professor at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.
Camila Marambio (Chile), curator, Founder/Director of Ensayos. PhD in Curatorial Practice, Monash University, Melbourne. M.A. in Modern Art: Curatorial Studies, Columbia University, NYC. Master of Experiments in Art and Politics, Science Po, Paris. Her ways are fishy and flighty. She observes bodies in motion, is concerned with human health and most of all tells ancient stories.
Carolina Saquel (Chile), independent lawyer and artist, based in Paris. Saquel uses the moving image to alter the perception of temporality of seemingly trivial matters. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions, as well as film and video art festivals around the world: Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg; Grand Palais, Paris; Bloomberg Space, London.
Web series credits:
DISTANCIA, Tierra del Fuego 2018, Original Version in Spanish, subtitled in English, color, 6 episodes.
Director: Carolina Saquel/ Assistant Director: Camila Marambio/ Camera: Philippe Eustachon, Patricio Riquelme, Carolina Saquel/ Sound Design & Original Music: Ariel Bustamante/ Sound Engineer: Sebastian Arce/ Art Direction: Maria Luisa Murillo/ Starring: Ivette Martinez, Julio Gastón Contreras, Cecilia Vicuña, Michael Taussig, the wind, the road, and unsuspected others.
Carolina Saquel, Distancia 2017-2018.
Graphic Design: Alejandro Torres Viera y Eduardo Palma
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