Parallel screening program Make the rich pay for COVID-19* – Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Mexico)
Kunsthal Gent Cinema Saturdays + Sundays 11:00 – 18:00, 6 – 28 June 2020
Parallel to the exhibition a screening program focused on the Mexican artists-collective Colectivo Los Ingrávidos will take place at the Kunsthal Gent cinema space. While the works on the online exhibition question the writing of art history, these films in the parallel program dismantle the established audiovisual discourse by experimenting with found footage and documentary practices. The program of screenings will focus on four different films, depicting images of Pre-Columbian mythology and landscapes intertwined with archive footage of worker’s movements, civil resistance and women’s struggles in patriarchal Mexico. The superimposition of different mediums, techniques and voices in Los Ingravidos’ work suggests the invocation of a collective Latin-American memory, floating over neo-liberalist societies settled on colonialism and domination. Los Ingrávidos means “the weightless ones”, they lift mundane images into films of resistance.
Presented over four weekends, looping at Kunsthal Gent cinema.
2013 / 35mm / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 5′ 50
A woman from the Mexican Revolution. An armed militant who puts us in touch with the pulse of the field, a waterfall of colors and gaits, in the footsteps of a woman who vindicates her struggle that never ceases to exist.
The Sun Quartet
2017 / 16mm / color / silent / 1S / 8′ 24
THE SUN QUARTET is a solar composition in four movements, a political composition in four natural elements, an audiovisual composition in four bodily mutations: a sun stone where youth blooms in protest, a river overflowing the streets, the burning plain rising in the city. And, finally, the clamor of the people that shook Mexico after the night of September 26, 2014. The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa opened a breach in the Mexican political body.
2017 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 9′ 46
COYOLXAUHQUI recasts the mythical dismemberment of the Aztec Moon goddess Coyolxauhqui by her brother Huitzilopochtli, the deity of war, the Sun and human sacrifice. The film is a poem of perception, one that unveils how contemporary Mexican femicide is linked to a patriarchal history with roots in deeper cultural constructs.
2019 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 3′ 28
ALTARES is an audiovisual shrine composed of small temples that contain images of ancient deities.
* « Make the rich pay for COVID-19 » is the title of one of the collective’s most instinctive works, produced and released in April 2020 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The screening programme is curated by Sofia Lemos Marques.