GhOsT StoRiES


Laura Huertas Millán, Sandra Gamarra, Claudia Martínez Garay, Adrián Balseca, Gianfranco Piazzini, Ana Vaz, Arturo Kameya
Video programme: Wednesday 18 April
Entrance 7.30 pm, start 8.00 pm (free admission)

In the framework of the exhibition Ghosts don’t care if you believe in them (also open to visit prior to the programme) artists Arturo Kameya and Claudia Martínez Garay present a selection of videos by Latin American artists regarding forms of representation of the colonial past, ethnographic fictions, identity and life after death. This event focuses on the points of rupture and convergence between the visions of young Latin American artists who explore discourses around the cultural heritage, and the contemporary practices of their contexts.

Selected artists are: Laura Huertas Millán, Sandra Gamarra, Claudia Martínez Garay, Adrián Balseca and Gianfranco Piazzini, Ana Vaz, and a new video by Arturo Kameya made during his residency at HMK.

Laura Huertas Millán, Journey to a land otherwise known, (23 min)
Shot in a tropical greenhouse in the French city of Lille, Journey to a land otherwise known portrays the conquest of America through a fictitious visual experience, with characters in costumes and masks inspired by Brazilian Modernism. The video is articulated through a montage of texts by colonizers Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Hans Staden, Jean de Léry and Charles de la Condamine and opposes customary exoticized fictions about far and strange lands.

Adrián Balseca, Project for a Portrait (The Origin of Introduced Species), (10 min)
Project for a Portrait results from collaboration between the artist and Segundo Teodoro Ruiz, a craftsman originally from the province of Azuay in Ecuador, who moved to the Galápagos Islands more than two decades ago. The project investigates the human presence in the Ecuatorian archipelago and its relation to foreign species, revealing an existing anachronism in the scientific categories of the ‘endemic’ and the ‘foreign’ which are still in use today.

Sandra Gamarra, Que tu Mano izquierda no sepa lo que hace la derecho (May your left hand not know what your right hand is doing), (12 min)
Gamarra’s work analyzes both the mechanisms of exhibition and distribution in art institutions and the use of pictorial reproduction as a device for investigation and interpellation. In this video, the artist appeals to a multiplicity of questions about the identity and the practice of painting through a very simple pictorial act. The video, both in relation to the accompanying text, forms a bounced back relationship between the notions of copy, original, the simulation against fiction, the self and the other.

Claudia Martínez Garay, I will outlive you
After encountering a ceramic vase older than 1200 years at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin -which represents a Moche prisoner just before he is about to be sacrificed- the artist started speculating on the history of the artifact and the person that it depicts. I will outlive you is an exploration into the character of the prisoner through its diverse transmutations. The video questions how a cultural artifact is created, preserved, transformed and circulated, and how the processes of colonialism affect it.

Gianfranco Piazzini, Por el Este sale el sol (The sun rises in the east), (12 min)
Por el este nace el sol is a visual summary of errant material: videos from diverse sources and years since the 90s, and texts varying from scientific writings to literary sources, movie dialogues and poetic approaches. These diverse materials are reproduced by an audio robot that reflects on the function of physical and symbolic memory, generational adaptation, social construction and mimesis. Contrary to the idea of indoctrination, this set of images and audios are guided by uncertainty, in search of an elusive horizon.

Ana Vaz, Há Terra! (There Is Land!)
“Há terra! is an encounter, a hunt, a diachronic tale of looking and becoming. As in a chase game, the film errs between character and land, land and character, predator and prey.” This is how Ana Vaz describes her 16mm cinepoem. The beauty of this collage rests on the impossibility for the spectator to let this past “pass”. Enigmatic and febrile, the film vibrates with references from Oswald de Andrade’s Cannibalist Manifesto (1928), another source of inspiration for Ana Vaz.

Arturo Kameya, Ghost don’t care if you believe in them
Filmed in museums in Lima, Amsterdam and Leiden, this video is part of the current exhibition at Hotel Maria Kapel. The video is a series of reflections on the conservations of objects in cultural institutions and researches overlapping narratives between objects from various backgrounds and contexts. The discourse focuses on the relationship between the place of origin of the objects and the policies to which they are currently subject. Another standpoint of the video revolves around the relationship between the workers of the Museum of Natural History of Lima and the space they are working in, which present itself as a sort of bureaucratic limbo featuring replicas of dead animals.