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aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival presents Feelings: Contemporary Art Exhibition

Feelings: Contemporary Art Exhibition
Opening Reception April 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V7
(The exhibition will be running until April 16th, 2015)

Document: PR Feelings Exhibit aluCine ENGLISH

This exhibition proposes to examine the element of feeling and emotion in media art as a means to disrupt the homogenous and immersive space of the mediatic and virtual realms. The artists in the exhibition negotiate the dynamics between emotional affect, and its portrayal through the sterility and distance of media art.

Historically, the subject of embodiment, or the transition of the human body from a physical to a virtual space, has taken centre-stage to media artists’ concerns. In Latin America and its diaspora, media and performance artists have featured the body precisely due to its precarity amidst geo-political and social violence. However, this exhibition attempts to move beyond the discussion of embodiment to include the dimension of psychology and the spectrum of emotions (such as anger, love, hate, resentment, admiration, and devotion) as a politicized state of being that is activated through media. In the context of aluCine, and filmmaking as a genre, this exhibition will also explore the formal tropes and stereotypes of the Latin-American dramatic character.

The artists proposed for this exhibition include a selection of Latin-Canadian media artists, including Sojin Chun (Ontario) alongside international well-known artists Gabriela Golder (Argentina), Ximena Cúevas (Mexico), Nelly César Marín (Mexico), and video-performance artist Christian Jankowski  (Germany).

We have chosen a combination of emerging and established artists because their work points to different appearances of feelings that play off of each other to draw out points of interest and contradictions. These tensions destabilize stereotypes of the Latin-American dramatic character, and use the medium to evoke and reveal an economy of emotion at play.

Friday, April 3, 2015
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Venue: Beaver Hall Gallery
Industry Event: Curators and Artists talk
Title: Curating and Creating in the Diaspora

Artists: Gabriela Golder, Ximena Cuevas Sojin Chun, Nelly César Marín, Christian Jankowski and curators Alejandra Coates, Zaira Zarza. Modarated by Sinara Rozo.

The participating artists bring new and recent works to an ongoing and important conversation in modern and contemporary art. Since Immanuel’s Kant “Critique of Aesthetic Judgement,” art has historically been associated with the purpose of evoking subjectivity and emotion. The type of emotion and the purpose of that emotion is a fraught terrain for contemporary art making. This exhibition will situate the discussion in the genre of media arts, as well as through perspectives of artists from developing countries and the global south (particularly Latin America and its diaspora).

Feelings will be presented to the public, within a critical context, promoting independent Latin-Canadian artists within a professional setting. In conclusion, our project Feelings aims to increase awareness of media arts among diverse audiences and improve audience understanding and provide access to independent media artworks by Latin-American artists.

CURATORS: Maria Alejandrina Coates and Sinara Rozo Perdomo

ARTISTS: 

Christian Jankowski
Jankowski works across video, installation, photography, and the mass media formats of television and cinema. His practice is largely rooted in performance and evolves out of a collaborative process. Bestowing creative responsibility onto unsuspecting participants, he engages his collaborators as “co-authors” of his work as they perform everyday gestures. With a subtle sense of humor pervading his work, Jankowski explores the boundaries between art and commerce, challenging the notion of the transformative power of artistic creation as it seeps into popular culture. Known for his critiques of contemporary art production, his work engages both the social and the aesthetic.

Christian Jankowski gained international recognition for his workTelemistica, 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and The Kitchen in New York. He was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and Performa 07.

Gabriela Golder
Visual artist, curator and professor of Video and New Technologies in Argentina and abroad. She is the co-director of the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM) and CONTINENTE, Research Center in Audiovisual Arts, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, in Argentina. Since the beginning of 2013, she is the programmer of the Experimental Video and Film Program of the Modern Art Museum, in Buenos Aires.

She was artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; the CICV, France; the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Germany; Schloss Balmoral, Germany; Wexner Center for the Arts, United States; UQAM, Montréal, Canada, Chambre Blanche, Québec, Canada, RBHA, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Le 104, Paris, France.

Ximena Cuevas
Ximena Cuevas is Mexico’s video artist extraordinaire: half magician, half mermaid, master of all she surveys. Cuevas looks upon her beloved metropolis of Mexico City with an eye both jaundiced and passionate. At the same time, she has turned her camera back on her own daily life and charted the quotidian pleasures and crises found therein. Her camera is expressive and inventive, her editing style jaunty and edgy, her musical taste unerring. Whether her subject is lesbian romance or heterosexual machismo, you couldn’t ask for a better guide.”
—B. Ruby Rich, San Francisco 1998

Cuevas is obsessed with the micro movements of daily life, with the border between truth and fiction, with the “impossibility” of reality. Her work relentlessly seeks out the layers of lies covering the everyday representations of reality and systematically explores the fictions of national identity and gender. It redefines the meaning of documentary. 

Her videos have been shown in festivals such the New York Film Festival, Sundance, Berlin, and Montreal, and she was the featured artist at “Video Viewpoints” in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has been an invited speaker at numerous events, including those sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Guggenheim in New York, and most recently at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Among the many grants she has received are those from the FONCA (Mexican National Endowment for Culture and the Arts), the Eastman Kodak Worldwide Independent Filmmaker Production Grant, and Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Lampiada grants. She toured Dormimundo, a documentary about the discomfort of being, as the guest artist of the Central New York Programmers Group fall tour of 2000.

Nelly César is a Mexican artist living between Mexico City, Puebla and Vancouver. She explores misbehaviours, perversions and love through durational performance, sculpture, drawing installation and art-­‐writing. Her work has been shown in Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Hungary, France and the U.S. and has been featured in the Museo de Mujeres Artistas Mexicanas (MUMA) and Archiva: Masterpieces of Mexican Feminist Art. . Completed MFA studies at The University of British Columbia and a Licenciatura en Artes Plásticas from Universidad de las Américas, Puebla. Co-­‐founder and creative director of Pandeo: The multi-­‐social venue for affective health, in Mexico City.

Sojin Chun

SoJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video and installation. Chun’s experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada influences her work, which looks at the idiosyncratic moments of everyday life in its inconclusive and contradictory nature. By creating works that are whimsical, soJin pokes fun of her own personal location situated in the Canadian systematic art world that categorize her as a female Asian artist and as an adopted member of the Latino arts community. Through artist residencies in Serbia, Bolivia, Brazil and Taiwan, Chun has developed a personal style of storytelling using humour to reveal complex social issues. Chun has participated in video screening and exhibitions in Bolivia, Brazil, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan and the U.S. Her most recent accomplishments have included a solo exhibition at Tragaluz Digital in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain as part of Fotonoviembre, a Biennale photography festival; a solo exhibition at the Attic Gallery in the Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan.