Film: Video Islands, a selection of video works


A screening of Video Islands will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6:30-8:00pm at Anthology Film Archives (located at 32 Second Avenue at East 2nd Street in New York.) The event is free and open to the public.

Description: María Elena Ortiz, recipient of the 2014 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award, curates a selection of video works from her research trips in the Caribbean in 2014. María Elena’s research has explored film and video practices, through interviews with local cultural producers and artists in the region. Following the screening will be a Q & A session with María Elena Ortiz.

Video Islands is a program of contemporary visual shorts produced by artists from or working in Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago. This presentation includes videos, film shorts, documentation of performances, new media practices, and experimental narratives that portray the nuances of Caribbean experiences. Some of the works narrate personal stories, sit on the realm of nonlinear experimentation, or use animation to explore social imaginaries through classic Caribbean motifs. An investigation of the moving-image, Video Islands is the result of a research initiative in the Caribbean supported by Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Independent Curators International.

The project features works by the following artists (for full descriptions of all artists, visit the link below: Germille Geerman (b. 1988, Oranjestad, Aruba); Marlon Griffith (b. 1976, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago); David Gumbs (b. 1977, Saint-Martin); Alicia Milne (b. 1986, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago); Kareem J. Mortimer (b. 1980, Nassau, Bahamas); Holly Parotti (b. 1972, Nassau, Bahamas); Heino Schmid (b. 1976, Nassau, Bahamas); and Tessa Whitehead (b.1985, Bahamas).

María Elena Ortiz is assistant curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she curated At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean (2014) and the upcoming exhibition, Firelei Báez (2015). Previously, she worked as the Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, where she organized several projects including Carlos Motta, The Shape of Freedom and Rita Ponce de León: David. Ortiz has also collaborated with institutions such as New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; and Tate Modern, London. In 2012, she curated Wherever You Roam at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Dawire. She has a Masters in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (2010). In 2014, she was the recipient of the The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. As part of this research, Ortiz will be presenting an upcoming screening program titled, Video Islands, at Anthology Film Archives in New York.

[Many thanks to Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention.]

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