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You can now watch the panel discussion “Archives, Actions and Listening” we participated in with Mika Taanila, Fernando Velázquez, Nelson Hendricks and Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid at the Buenos Aires Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento’s youtube channel:
nice review by Eduardo Villar for Clarín
Some pearls of the biennial
There is much to see and discover in this fifth edition of BIM. There are more than 200 works offered to the viewer by the menu of this digital edition and more than 70 artists from different continents. The list ranges from well-known Argentine artists such as Ana Gallardo, Silvia Rivas and Florencia Levy, to some completely unknown here, like Yanyun Chen, from Singapore. So the aesthetic and poetic diversity is vast. Exploring these two hundred audiovisual pieces, it is possible to find very simple but forceful and effective works, such as We Are Still Alive, by the Brazilian group Janelas disobedientes, which –without images, only with audios– records the protests from the windows and balconies of San Pablo for the expressions of President Jair Bolsonario about the coronavirus pandemic.
But there are also works of great complexity, such as those by Delgado and Testoni, Mokotomoro and Gustavo Galuppo reviewed in these same pages.
It would be a shame, in the possible routes of this extensive diversity, not to notice two pieces. One, “Lejía”, by the Argentine Mariela Yeregui. Another, “Edge of Doom” –which could be translated as “on the edge of disaster” -, by the Austrian-Canadian duo of Michaela Grill and Sophie Trudeau. The video “Bleach” shows in the foreground the hands of a woman who sprays disinfectant on a sweet potato, an onion, a lemon, and then rubs them obsessively, repetitively with a cloth, in a kind of ritual that –one intuits– is fulfilled daily in millions of homes around the world since the pandemic began. “It is almost a‘ hygienist mantra ’based on antiviral conflagration actions on food, rhythmizing a temporality that reconnects me with my interior space but also with an outside that carries viruses,” the artist declares.
“Edge of Doom” is a gem composed of scenes that Trudeau and Grill took from the silent film, taking advantage of their expressionism to address the emotions that emerged during the months of confinement: fear, discouragement, despair, pain. The piece is as short as it is beautiful and powerful.
Due to the extension of the lockdown our installation ghosts along the way at VOX, centre de l’image contemproaine couldn’t reopen and officially closes today. You can check out the virtual flip-book where we’ve posted a picture every day during the lockdown at @sophietrudeaumichaelagrill Very fittingly our ghosts disappear on Halloween. See you on the other side!
Today at 4pm EST/ 10pm CET we will be participating at a round table about Archives, Actions and Listening at the Buenos Aires Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento. Join in here:https://www.bim.com.ar/editions/2020/schedule?date=10/29/2020%2000:00&slugifiedTitle=archives-actions-and-listening
The lockdown has been extended and unfortunately that means there won’t be anymore live shows of Sophie Trudeau and myself in the framework of the exhibtion „Les Années Musicales“ at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine. Instead you can still stream a recording until the end of October on vimeo. Enjoy!
For a quick taste see the teaser below that Philippe Leonard created (©VOX)
has been mentioned in Diana Fernández Irusta’s review of BIM in La Nacion “Imágenes para volver a mirar”: … The rescue that the Austrian Michaela Grill and the Canadian Sophie Trudeau make of the expressiveness of silent films, to signal a cry that the present does not finish giving.
since our concerts had to be cancelled, you can see a streaming version here until the end of the exhibition (Oct 31). Enjoy!
Our video for the Buenos Aires Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento is now online! You can see it here