Video / Film

Alejandro Almanza Pereda

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From our friends at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, today we bring you a video of Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s installation at San Francisco Art Institute, which is installed in front of Diego Rivera’s famous mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City (1930–1931). Almanza Pereda says, “We were thinking about how to re-think Diego’s piece, and question it a little bit, and question[…..]

Mechanized Bodies: Anxiety and Healing in a Global Economy

Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre. Maquilapolis (City of Factories) (still by David Maung), 2006; film; 68:00. Courtesy of the Artists.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you an essay on art, manufacturing, and workers’ bodies. Author Genevieve Quick explains, “Whether in the U.S., Mexico, or India, workers endure the same cycle: becoming part of a larger network of production that can be disassembled and relocated, rendering them redundant. Assembly-line production has taken its toll on workers’ bodies since the beginning of industrialization, and its absence[…..]

Zoe Beloff: A World Redrawn at the James Gallery, CUNY

Zoe Beloff. Two Marxists in Hollywood, 2015 (film still). Courtesy of the James Gallery, Graduate Center, CUNY.

It is a strange fact that Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Bertolt Brecht all resided in Los Angeles, California, in the 1940s. Unsurprisingly, few of them found their wartime haven a particularly sympathetic milieu. Brecht’s stay was especially ill-fated, ending with his interrogation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and consequent return to Berlin. A decade earlier, the Latvia-born film director[…..]

From the Archives: Prospect.3 New Orleans

Camille Henrot. Grosse Fatigue, 2013 (film still). Video installation (color, sound) Courtesy of the artist, Silex Films and kamel mennour, Paris.

As President Obama visits New Orleans this week on the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we bring you a look back at last year’s Prospect.3 New Orleans. Tori Bush contextualizes her review of the rocky history of this biennial in a city “suspended in time in space.” This article was originally published on November 11, 2014. Honoré de Balzac wrote: “Ideas are a complete[…..]

Summer Reading – MN Original: Mohamud Mumin

Today we’re taking a break from the “reading” portion of our Summer Reading series to bring you a video produced by our friends at MN Original. Artist Mohamud Mumin walks us through his practice in portrait photography:  “[…] It’s not just work to me—it’s stories, it’s lives, it’s trust that I’m given by the subjects. It’s not always, ‘This is a great shot.’ It’s always[…..]

From the Archives: Pierre Huyghe at LACMA

Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human Mask), 2014. Film. Courtesy of the artist; Hauser and Wirth, London; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Anna Lena, Paris. © Pierre Huyghe

This month marks the opening of the first major Australian solo exhibition of Pierre Huyghe’s work at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, so today we revisit this review by Alex Bigman, who assesses the humor and mythology of Huyghe’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This article was originally published on January 21, 2015. There is a scene in Pierre Huyghe’s shadowy, dreamlike film The Host and[…..]

Vic at Insitu Berlin

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Carla Fernández reviews the group show Vic at Insitu Berlin. The group show Vic at Insitu Berlin presents a fictional persona whose effect on viewers oscillates between[…..]