Despacio has nominated three artists, Carlos Fernández, Javier Calvo, and Abigail Reyes, to show their work as part of Video Sur, an upcoming video art exhibition featuring works by Latin American artists at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Plural and multipolar, Video Sur offers an immersion into the Latin American contemporary art scene through the eyes of the actors who make it happen.
Despacio selected the three following pieces:
Sí Señor by Abigail Reyes, (El Salvador)
For Sí Señor, Abigail Reyes watched hours of Latin American Telenovelas featuring secretaries as female leads and spliced together clips of each character repeating “sí señor” in various tones of voice: giddy, respectful, dutiful, coquettish, nervous... As her montage takes shape, an empty and submissive phrase becomes charged with a range of emotional shades and political resonances that offer a haunting new perspective on the genre.
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Solo Yo by Javier Calvo (Costa Rica)
Armed with a stencil and rays of intense tropical sun, Javier Calvo marked his chest with a sunburnt likeness of Central America. As he places a finger on Costa Rica, he briefly lightens the part of skin he has touched, alluding to the increasingly common practice of skin bleaching, or “whitening,” taking place in Latin America.
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Agrofit by Carlos Fernández (Costa Rica)
With Agrofit, art has never felt this healthy. Mixing farms and fitness, Carlos Fernández has taken to the wooded hills of Costa Rica for a series of exercises built to blur the lines between working out, political protest, and artistic performance.
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The exhibition opens on February 16th and runs through March 12th, 2018 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. The three works are also presented as part of In Focus, an ongoing series by Random Institute which highlights a new work of full-length contemporary video art every month.
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The program is organized by Ananay Arango and Elena Lespes Muñoz and initiated by Arte Sur, who invited a kaleidoscope of independent structures active in Latin America to propose a selection of videos for the show. An opportunity to discover more than fifty of the continent’s most exciting artists alongside the spaces and networks that support them.
The following artists will be on display:
Carlos Fernández, Javier Calvo, Abigail Reyes, Melissa Guevara, Jesús Hdez-Güero, María Raquel Cochez, Edgar León, Guillermo ‘Habacuc’ Vargas, Regina José Galindo, David Perez Karmadavis, Antonio Pichilla, Deborah Castillo, Jason Mena, Enrique Jezik, Johanna Unzueta, Javier Bosques, Hellen Ascoli, Alberto Rodríguez Collía, Jessica Kairé, Jorge de León, Gabriel Rodríguez, David Perez Karmadavis, Manuel Chavajay, Lucía Madriz, Stephanie Williams, Roberto Guerrero, Marton Robinson, Darling López Salinas, Miguel Angel Díaz, Fredman Barahona, Patricia Belli, María Félix Morales, Ricardo Huezo, Federico Alvarado, Virginia Paguaga, Ana Maria Millán, Colectivo Maski, Adrián Gaitán, Juan Obando, Alberto Lezaca, Monika Bravo, Gustavo Toro, Tatyana Zambrano & Roberto Ochoa, Lina Rodríguez Vásquez, Ana Rosa Benavides, Christian Bendayán, Patricia Bueno, Susana Torres, Íntegro, Chiara Macchiavello, Jaime Miranda Bambarén, Erasmo Wong Seoane, Carlos Morelli, Melissa Herrera, Carmen Reátegui, Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Giancarlo Scaglia, Maya Watanabe, Moico Yaker, Ícaro Lira, Isadora Brant and Fernanda Taddei, Leticia Ramos, Ana Vaz, Tamar Guimarães, Malena Pizani, Josefina Labourt, Julián Gatto, Verónica Vides, Crack Rodriguez, Víctor Hugo Portillo, Irina Liliana Gm, Valeria Andrade, Alex Schlenker, José Antonio Guayasamín, Amalia Ulman, Agustina Woodgate, Nicola Costantino, Martín Legón, Nicolas Rupcich, Claudia Joskowitz, Enrique Ramírez, Marcela Moraga, Johanna Unzueta, Francisca Benítez, Catalina Baeur, Alejandra Prieto, Nina Kovensky, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Leandro Tartaglia, Francisco Marquez, Santiago Villanueva, Básica Tv, Fernanda Pinta, and Federico Baeza.
Artists were proposed by the following art spaces:
Despacio (Costa Rica), La Embajada (Puerto Rico), Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala), TEOR/éTica (Costa Rica), Espira (Nicaragua), (BIS) Oficina de proyectos (Colombia), CaldodeCultivo (Colombia), Micromuseo (Peru), Residência Artística Cambridge (Brazil), OLHO DA RUA (Brazil), Galería Ruby (Argentina), Y.ES Contemporary (El Salvador), Arte Actual FLACSO (Ecuador), BARRO Arte Contemporáneo (Argentina), Die Ecke (Chile), and La Ene (Argentina)