Throughout May and June 2020 Gasworks presents a second series of online screenings of artist films commissioned for our exhibitions programme over the last few years. Featuring works by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Patricia Domínguez, and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, each piece is available to stream on Gasworks’ website for two weeks and is accompanied by interviews with the artists, texts and reviews.
18 - 31 May: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz - La Cueva Negra (2013) and Farmacopea (2013)
Santiago Muñoz’s films use a historical lens to explore the relationship between landscape, history and infrastructure in Puerto Rico, the artist’s home country. The video, La Cueva Negra (2013), investigates the transformation of a former archaeological site, whereas 16mm film Farmacopea (2013) looks at how the Puerto Rican landscape has been de-historicised by tourism and the service industry.
1 -14 June: Patricia Domínguez - Eyes of Plants (2019) and Madre Drone (2020)
Domínguez’s films incorporate acid colours, homemade props and optical illusions to induce a hallucinatory experience. In Eyes of Plants, symbols and rituals are intertwined with ideas of extraction, cultural appropriation and the destruction of natural heritage due to rampant industrialisation. Madre Drone’s similarly dreamlike aesthetic makes connections between a mystical being’s projecting light and the laser lights used by protesters to blind spy drones during the recent student riots in Chile.
22 June - 5 July: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc - Foreword to Guns for Banta (2011)
Abbonec’s diaporama re-introduces the public to the work of Sarah Maldoror, a pioneering yet little known French filmmaker of Guadeloupean origin, whose films are closely linked to the liberation struggles in lusophone Africa. Using her films as a catalyst for his research, Abonnenc questions how to approach images of past revolutionary moments and to reactivate the spirit and unifying character of the liberation movements.