Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8
Running time: 56 minutes
Cinematography: Hatuey Viveros
Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century presents sixteen artists in four cities. Episode 4 focuses on Mexico City and features Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes, Minerva Cuevas and Natalia Almada, examining how art and culture, the personal and the political are intricately entwined. Damián Ortega makes art that is a form of appropriation, creating the chance to transform and re-contextualise the everyday objects we take for granted, exposing their own, individual histories. In this film, Ortega discusses how he became an artist, the importance of failure in his practice and how he tries to expose a 'universe' within every object. Pedro Reyes transforms materials, reinventing the rules of what objects can be to effect psychological and social transformations. Minerva Cuevas' work is connected to its background; a sense of community and justice. Through her work, she traces a cartography of dissidence and resistance in Mexico, exposing bureaucracy and the history of colonialism. Natalia Almada uses film to trace the stories in her own history, including that of her great grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles, one of Mexico's most polemical historical figures.
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