B&W and Colour. Latin America: cinema, video and multimedia

Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Agustín Pérez Rubio
Helena Soldberg. Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business, 1995
Helena Soldberg. Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business, 1995

One approach uses documentary, or post-documentary, cinema, in works such as Yndio do Brasil (1995), Banana is My Business (1994), La memoria obstinada (1997) and Sobre los años 60 which, in addition to the literal information in the images, serve up a good dose of symbolic and metaphorical meaning. These are eclectic films, which find inspiration in earlier styles and images, assembled with different techniques like a DIY project, emphasising contemporary artistic aesthetics. These are windows that open onto many worlds.

Another feature of B&W and Colour is the selection of videos by young Peruvian artists made by the curator Agustín Pérez Rubio and the screening of the 3-D film La zamba del Chevy (2000) by the Mexican resident of Los Angeles, Rubén Ortiz-Torres (Mexico City, 1964), whose film was commissioned by the Getty Museum.

Finally, a selection of multimedia works and fragments of videos is presented that uses an interactive database created by HYPERLINK "http://www.centrodearte.com" www.centrodearte.com and installed in the computers placed at the entrance to the auditorium. In the multimedia CDs, viewers can see works like Valetes em Slow Motion (1998) by the Brazilians Kiko Goifman (Belo Horizonte, 1968) and Jurandir Muller (São Paulo, 1960), which contains pieces by other artists including Lucas Bambozzi (Minas Gerais, 1965), Nuno Ramos (São Paulo, 1960), Rosângela Rennó (Belo Horizonte, 1962) and Racionais MC’s.

By once again integrating Latin American visual vocabulary with socio-political realities, B&W and Colour clearly introduces images - many of which have still not been documented - and different reflections from the world of contemporary audiovisual representation.