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Juan Nascimento
Daniela Lovera

In their first show in London Venezuelan video, film and installation artists Nascimento/Lovera will exhibit a selection from their ongoing video editing project. Like video-terrorists Nascimento/Lovera re-edit popular films in order to deconstruct the familiar and expected narrative. They have rescued film sequences from their original context, eschewing traditional codes of film narrative and disrupting audience expectation.

Through this process of selection and reordering Nascimento/Lovera pose an alternative discourse and re-work the conventional codes of film-making. This manipulation of a constructed cultural product is analogous to an ongoing critique of other apparently invulnerable historical discourses. Examples from this project include a re-ordering of Love Story with no love scenes and a modified version of Jesus Christ Superstar which has been reduced to five minutes of pure biblical landscape. A martial arts movie is thematically transformed into a melodrama freed of its fight scenes and a classic Hollywood western becomes a Spanish speaking tragedy. Nascimento/Lovera will exhibit a selection of works from this video-editing project in a site specific installation at Gasworks. Their video Jesus Christ Superstar has been screened at the Pandemonium Biennial of Moving Images at the Lux in March this year.


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Juan and Daniela are the recipients of the prestigious Sala Mendoza prize, and were resident artists at Gasworks from April. They have exhibited both individually and together in Venezuela, Brazil, Toronto and New York.

The exhibition was supported by:
Sala Mendoza
The British Council
London Arts

Juan Nascimento
Daniela Lovera

In their first show in London Venezuelan video, film and installation artists Nascimento/Lovera will exhibit a selection from their ongoing video editing project. Like video-terrorists Nascimento/Lovera re-edit popular films in order to deconstruct the familiar and expected narrative. They have rescued film sequences from their original context, eschewing traditional codes of film narrative and disrupting audience expectation.

Through this process of selection and reordering Nascimento/Lovera pose an alternative discourse and re-work the conventional codes of film-making. This manipulation of a constructed cultural product is analogous to an ongoing critique of other apparently invulnerable historical discourses. Examples from this project include a re-ordering of Love Story with no love scenes and a modified version of Jesus Christ Superstar which has been reduced to five minutes of pure biblical landscape. A martial arts movie is thematically transformed into a melodrama freed of its fight scenes and a classic Hollywood western becomes a Spanish speaking tragedy. Nascimento/Lovera will exhibit a selection of works from this video-editing project in a site specific installation at Gasworks. Their video Jesus Christ Superstar has been screened at the Pandemonium Biennial of Moving Images at the Lux in March this year.


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Juan and Daniela are the recipients of the prestigious Sala Mendoza prize, and were resident artists at Gasworks from April. They have exhibited both individually and together in Venezuela, Brazil, Toronto and New York.

The exhibition was supported by:
Sala Mendoza
The British Council
London Arts