Alejandra Ramírez León, Puedo escribir cualquier cosa de cualquier imagen. (I can say anything about any image.) Video. 4:31 min. 2017
I can say anything about any image is not a biographical sequence, a historical documentary or a home video found in 1994. It is closer – to perhaps – it being a mockery towards the passivity of the look. The parody – that is – as a point of escape, but it isn’t that, either. Through a humorous and emotional way, the project is inscribed around questions regarding power. The power of images and of those who enunciate it using images.
It poses a sequence that is repeated three times, while in each passing sequence, a new narrative is proposed. In this way, three different narrative lines, on the same images, create a microcosm that is extracted from more sophisticated levels of operation and manipulation of images.
Can the sarcastic and light-ish tone of a few lines about “a woman” and of “colonization processes” be violent? These subtle collateral aspects accompany the axial problem: enunciation is power. What is at stake here, is the power of the statement and positioning we take; and what we say and how we say it. Framing this from a perspective of empathy and from the playful manipulation that audio-visual technologies allow, is perhaps a way of digesting a daily problem.
Kenneth Coronado, Lugares que nacen para ser olvidados (Places that are born to be forgotten). Video, 4:28 min. 2019.
What are landscapes for? Does the origin of an image determine its use or its meaning? Once images exist, what should be done with them? The video tells an event, something apparently unbearable and special in equal parts is taking place. The video shows the creation of a picturesque landscape.
While its birth happens again and again without materialising it, a monologue travels through the different actors, staging, details and clichés that accompany such a task.
Nobody is the protagonist of this landscape, and yet it is a moment that many seem to feel satisfied with. These pictures exist with the tacit agreement of being doomed to accumulate dust. Be this in our memory, the retina or on a shelf.
Pablo Cianca, Conocí Fantasmas (I Met Ghosts), Video, SD (4:3), 5min17s, 2019
Conocí Fantasmas (I met Ghosts) is a compilation of discarded and unused footage recorded with my first camera. Put together as a way of understanding how images led me to discover places and people that now speak as ghosts captured in them.