A (his)tory of audiovisual contemporary art made by women (1944-2009)
Written by: Macu Moran
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A (his)tory of audiovisual contemporary art created by women from 1944 to 2009
Curated by Macu Morán
Presentation: Wednesday March 7th, at 12am. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Nouvelle Building, Madrid
Official Opening: Saturday March 10th, at 8pm. Cineteca Matadero, Madrid
Programs: Fridays and Saturdays from March 9th to March 24th, at 8pm. Cineteca Matadero, Madrid (Sala B)
Program included within the Festival Miradas de Mujeres en las artes visuales.
Previous Exhibitions: Fundació Miró, Centre de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison, CCCB Barcelona, 2009
"Passion does not soften the light of intelligence, but rather overexcites it, providing it with a particular precognition, and extraordinary subtleness and ingeniousness."
Charles Malapert (1581-1630)
"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. Its power is manifested either by the intensity of its effects or by the stability and continuance of its action."
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
The Indomitable Women selection certainly bespeaks of a passionate process, throughout proposals and reflections developed with the necessary wisdom to allow total freedom of creation under diverse circumstances. Artists with a passion to leave their particular imprints, fearlessly redefining contemporary aesthetics and thought.
They are indomitable because both endogenous and exogenous domination mechanisms have not worked on them. They are indomitable because no one has been able to cast them into a mold designed through a long history developed for and by men; immune to the standard guidelines, the product of mental paradigms that come from unconscious beliefs and implicit cultural values that restrain creativity and repress ideas, towards the obedient acquiescence to the predominant masculine role, established in most societies since the origins of humankind.
Indomitable, once again, because of embracing the audiovisual medium, embodying the temporal dimension as an active player in the universe of perceptions and multiplying the experience with countless visual impacts, which choreograph on the retina an everlasting sensation. Passionate women who know how to give time to time in the artistic practice, who have not been stopped by the recalcitrant resistance of conservative reactionaries afraid of change and specific to each generation. Women with their own voice and criteria, who, by vocation, have let their imagination fly and take us all towards new futures, conceived for an advanced, dynamic and multi-faceted society.
This show is an effort to discover the characteristics of the point of view of women behind the camera as a pertinent discursive thread that has not been sufficiently analyzed, exhibited or recognized. It invites to reflect upon the perception and vital behavior that designates the various approaches of the female creative nature and, on a deeper level, concerns anchored in the psyche over time, perceptible thanks to the cross-historic cut.
Gathering works developed within the past seven decades, the selection attempts to glimpse that ethereal something that is a backdrop to women’s artistic praxis, always loyal to the duty of evolution inherent in art, and acquiescent with its revolutionary power. Art is here distinguished as a flux of currents of thought that promotes the creation of innovative notions, which subtly filter through society. Meanings and signifiers that have created and continue to create their imprints in contemporary art history, confronting times past and generating new ideas and original perspectives.
The flux of conscience that emanates from these works are intimate monologues of oscillating thought, images, wishes, emotions, curiosities and reflections, containing surprising conceptual, aesthetic and, of course, technical and technological connections. Works elaborated with the virtuosity that only passion can conceive, and that in the de-codification state offers an open reading to the viewers, allowing them to have an intimate relationship to the codes and sub-codes proposed in each work by this splendid group of artists and indomitable women.
What it is, will no longer be; what it was, is not any longer. Intrinsically bound to change, time does not stop; neither does it repeat itself. Wise are those creators who have an inspiring muse and travel companion in this callida iunctura.
Special thanks to the pioneer artists whose support has made Indomitable Women possible:
Maya Deren / Dara Birnbaum / Carolee Schneemann / Yoko Ono / Orlan / Judy Chicago / VALIE EXPORT / Joan Jonas / Martha Rosler / Beryl Korot / Guerrilla Girls / Joan Logue / Marisa González / Colette / Ximena Cuevas / Suzanne Lacy / Lynn Hershman / Paloma Navares / Dora García / Ana de Alvear / Beth Moyses / Sigalit Landau / Ana Bella Geiger / Mariko Mori / Tracey Moffat / Coco Fusco / Terry Berkowitz / Amy Greenfield / Jenny Marketou / Angie Bonino / Maria Fernanda Cardoso / Grimanesa Amoros / Regina Jose Galindo / Francesca Llopis / Mariana Vassileva
FRIDAY MARCH 9th:
Program 1 >> 20hs
Joan Jonas: Glass Puzzle, 1974, 17'27", Japan/U.S.A
Beryl Korot: Lost Lascaux bull, 1973, 4'10", U.S.A.
Martha Rosler: Chile on The Road to NAFTA, 1997, 10'00", U.S.A.
Beth Moyses: Dia a Dia, 1998-1999, 6'52", Brazil
Rosalin Suero Castillo: Drag Line, 2006, 1'26", Panama
Glenda Leon: Inner Sea, 2006, 1'20", Cuba
Teresa Puppo, Gabriela Larrañaga, Graciela Taquini: Secrets, 2007, 5'00", Uruguay/Argentina
Program 2 >> 21.15hs
Dora Garcia: Heartbeat, 1999, 5'24", Spain
Patricia Betancur: Yo amo…, 2008, 5'00", Uruguay
Carmen Arrabal: Troublee / Tsunami, 2009, 4'53", Spain
Raquel Bravo: Scenario#2, 2008, 5'00", Spain
Begoña Egurbide: Silent Room, 2007, 3'19", Spain
Tracey Moffat: Heaven, 1990, 28'00", Australia
SATURDAY MARCH 10th:
Official Opening >> 20hs
Presentation by Macu Morán, curator of the program, Amparo López Corral, coordinator of the program, Mareta Espinoza, director of the Festival Miradas de Mujeres. With the presence of some of the artists: Ana de Alvear, Anna Gimein, Amparo Garrido,Chus Garcia-Fraile, Beatriz Caravaggio and Marisa Gonzalez.
Program 3 >> 20.30 hs
Maya Deren: At Land, 1944, 15'17", Ukraine/U.S.A.
Yoko Ono: Freedom, 1972, 60", Japan / U.S.A.
Guerrilla Girls: Guerrilla Girls, 1985-2007, 3'30", U.S.A.
Ximena Cuevas: Before T.V., 1985, 1' 43", Mexico
Joan Logue: 30 Second Portraits, 1980, 6' 01", U.S.A.
Marisa Gonzalez: Domestic scene with a green worm, 1984, 7'15", Spain
Paloma Navares: Els banyets, 1987, 1'40", Spain
Angie Bonino: The Wall, 1996, 1'30", Peru/Italy
Program 4 >> 21.15hs
Suzanne Lacy: Learn where the meat comes from, 1976, 14'25", U.S.A.
Ana de Alvear: Mood Landscapes Reloaded, 1998, 3'00", Spain
Anna Gimein: Maria, 2007, 4'08", Russia/U.S.A./Spain
Amparo Garrido: Don't say anything, 2008, 2'37, Spain
Chus Garcia-Fraile: Running, 2009, 2'43", Spain
Beatriz Caravaggio: Interview with a white man, 2009, 1'20", Spain
Carmen Espla: Rain, 2007, 3'00", Spain
FRIDAY MARCH 16th
Program 5 >> 20hs
VALIE EXPORT: Remote… Remote..., 1973, 9'55" Austria
Gloria Arteaga: Recycle city, 2007, 5'00", Peru
Marcela Cernadas: Rosa, 2008, 1'07", Argentina
J.K. Lee: Total Music I & II, 2006, 4'46", South Korea
Patricia Bueno: Yours is the Kingdom, 2007, 5'00", Peru
Alejandra Rotondi, Lorena Mendez: Female Things, 2009, 3'11", Argentina
Nuria Gil: Latidoamerica, 2008, 3'35", Spain
Grimanesa Amoros: Preocupation, 2008, 1'22", Peru/U.S.A.
Sigalit Landau: Three man hula, 1999, 1'36", Israel
Program 6 >> 21.15hs
Carolee Schneemann: Fuses, 1964-1967, 29'51", U.S.A.
Francesca Llopis: The virtue of giving me comfort, 2007, 5'00", Spain
Johanna Bruckner: The Gestual Abject: Myspacedotcom, 2009, 5'00", Germany
Maria Jose Chinchilla: Transformation, 2008, 5'00", Spain
Program 7 >> 20hs
Judy Chicago: Atmospheres, 1969-1974, 14'21", U.S.A.
Laura Mergoni: Tombola, 2009, 4'05", Italy
Hye Rim Lee: Crystal City Spun, 2007, 3'15", Korea
Post Op: Implants, 2006, 5'00", Spain
Jacklyn Soo: Songs of innocence, 2008, 3'15", Singapore
Ana De_Matos: King Racing Girls, 2007, 2'44", Spain
Macu Moran: When wild instincts revive, predator sharpens the knife, 2007, 4'00", Spain
Laia Lobo (Montse Pujantell): Séquiéneres (autoportrait in color), 2007, 3'00", Spain
Roxanne Billamboz: How to disappear brightly, 2007, 4'25", France
Program 8 >> 21.15hs
Colette: Justine and the boys, 1979, 18' 13", Tunizia / U.S.A.
Lidia Benavides: Galactoforo, 2007, 4'47", Spain
Heroinas de la Cultura: Notes from Never Land, 2007, 5'00", Spain
Laura Celada: Anubis (a mith de_construction), 2009, 4'57", Spain
Enriqueta Rocher: Under the skin, 2009, 4'32", Spain
Olga Kisseleva: My double Life, 2008, 2'57", Russia
Cristina Martin Lara: Landpartie If, 2008, 1'40", Spain
Sabine Massenet: Bande Annonce, 2009, 4'06", France
FRIDAY MARCH 23rd
Program 9 >> 20hs
Coco Fusco: The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui, 1993, 31'00", Cuba/U.S.A.
Amy Greenfield: MuseIC of the BODy, 1994, 10'20", U.S.A.
Heide Hatry: Expectations, 2007, 2'47", Germany
Ebba Rohweder: Intervention I, 2009, 2'21", Germany
Mariana Vassileva: Definition, 2006, 2'10", Bulgaria / Germany
Program 10 >> 21.15hs
Orlan: Mesurage du Musee Saint-Pierre, 1979, 17'30", France
Funda Ozgunaydin: Displacement of culturalself, 2008, 4'10", Turkey
Mari Carmen Garcia Maheredo: Paiting Nature, 2008, 3'05", Spain
Evelin Stermitz: Table Talk, 2008, 2'34’’, Austria
Ester Achaerandio: Entre-vista, 2007, 5'00", Spain
Cristina Artola: Ages and Death, 2008, 4'26", Spain
SATURDAY MARCH 24th
Program 11 >> 20hs
Lynn Hershman: Confessions of a Chamaleon, 1986, 10'00", U.S.A.
Terry Berkowitz: Backseat, 1994, 21' 49", U.S.A.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Cardoso Flea Circus, 1996, 8'00", Colombia
Paula Anta: Risoletto, 2007, 4'30", Spain
Dafna Shalom: Arvit (Evening pray), 2008, 4'23", Israel
Regina Jose Galindo: Confession, 2007, 2'22", Guatemala
Program 12 >> 21.15hs
Ana Bella Geiger: Passages Passagens, 1974, 9'30", Brazil
Ana Luisa Sanchez-Laws: Navigator, 2009, 3'13", Panama
Jenny Marketou: Dear Lady M., 1995-2009, 3'59", Greece
Dara Birnbaum: Canon: Taking to the Street, 1990, 10'00", U.S.A.
Eva Sanchez: Yo no soy bonita, ni lo quiero ser, 2009, 2'05", Spain
Izumi Chiaraluce: Lou, 2009, 5'00", Japan/Italy
Mariko Mori: Miko No Inori, 1996, 14'50", Japan
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