Javier Téllez, „The Conquest of Mexico“, 2012, HD, 45 Min., Courtesy Galerie Figge von Rosen, Köln/Berlin
Javier Téllez, The Conquest of Mexico
(MEX/USA/DEU/CHE 2012, HD, 45 Min., esOmeU)
Inspired by Antonin Artaud’s legendary trip to Mexico in 1936 and his text “The Conquest of Mexico”, Javier Téllez collaborated with outpatients of a psychiatric hospital in Mexico. They are co-writers of the script, play their own parts in the film and also appear as characters from Mexican history, like the ancient ruler Moctezuma, the conqueror Hernan Cortés and the French writer Antonin Artaud.
Javier Téllez, born in 1969 in Venezuela, lives in New York and Berlin. Participation in the Lyon Biennale, 2011, and in the documenta, 2012. Exhibitions a.o. at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Kunsthalle Wien and Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Solo exhibitions since 1996 u.a. at the S.M.A.K., Ghent, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Galerie Figge von Rosen, Cologne/Berlin.
Nina Caspari, „The Silk Silence of the Wild Cotton Candy“, 2012, HD, 9 Min. 45 Sek.
Nina Caspari, The Silk Silence of the Wild Cotton Candy
(BEL 2012, HD, 9 Min. 45 Sek., no dialogue)
The Silk Silence of the Wild Cotton Candy is a flashback to childhood inside the head of a young woman. A surreal mix of dream and reality. Memories, wishes and dreams are confronted by the present.
Nina Caspari, born in 1987 in Recklinghausen, studied art and design at AKI ArtEZ in Enschede and audiovisual art at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. She participated in the International Student Triennial in Istanbul, 2010, and in the exhibition 3=6 in Enschede.
Åsa Maria Bengtsson, „Jäsningen“ / „Fermentity“, 2011, HD, 9 Min. 6 Sek.
Åsa Maria Bengtsson, Fermentity / Jäsningen
(SWE 2011, HD, 9 Min. 6 Sek., no dialogue)
Jäsningen is a short drama about human identity. We create ideals and our ideals shape us, but who decides what the correct model is? The film is set in a clinic for the mentally disabled and deals with the transformation of the peer norm. Lead actor Pierre Bjorkman suffers from Down’s syndrome in real life.
Åsa Maria Bengtsson, born in 1956 in Östersund, studied art at Forum School Graphics in Malmø. She lives in Malmø. Exhibitions included ICA, London; Museo de Arte Contemporàneo, Santiago di Chile; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Maison de la Culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal; Pusan Metropolitan Museum. Solo exhibitions since 1990, a.o. Moderna Museet, Malmø.
Marcella Vanzo, „Rumors“, 2012, HD, 19 Min. 46 Sek.
Marcella Vanzo, Rumors
(ITA 2012, HD, 19 Min. 46 Sek., itOmeU)
Based on the Greek myth of Medea, Rumors depicts a mythical woman by interviewing the people in her surroundings: these are shameless portraits of members of the royal court as well as stereotypes of our contemporary society. The characters are played and voiced by actors and laypersons. A Grand Hotel serves as the kingdom.
Marcella Vanzo, born in 1973, studied anthropology at University College, London and art at Accademia di Brera. She lives in Milan. She participated in the Performa in New York, 2009 and the Prague Biennial, 2011. Solo exhibitions since 2003 included Galleria Continua, San Gimignano; Castello di Ama per l\'arte contemporanea, Siena; Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York.
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