Tropical Uncanny Film Series: “Remapping the New World”

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Film still: Ex Isto / Ex It, 2010. 86 min. © Cao Guimarães

Film & Video Screenings

Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series “Remapping the New World”

Friday, August 8, 2014 @ 1 pm

Journey to a Land Otherwise Known (Voyage En La Terre Autrement Dite) (Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia/France, 2011, 22 min. In French with English subtitles)
Nefandus (Carlos Motta, U.S./Colombia, 2013, 13 min. In Spanish and Kogi with English Subtitles)
Ex It (Ex Isto) (Cao Guimarães, Brazil, 2010, 86 min. In Portuguese, with English subtitles)

Three visual artists reconsider the New World by advancing provocative alternative cartographies. Laura Huertas Millán’s Journey to a Land Otherwise Known was shot at a tropical greenhouse in Lille, France, and uses written accounts by European colonizers to construct a fake ethnography of the New World that is critical of its prevalent exoticization. In Carlos Motta’s visual essay Nefandus, an indigenous man and a Spanish-speaking man swap stories about acts of sodomy that took place in the Americas during the conquest, while Cao Guimarães’s Ex It (Ex Isto) imagines Descartes on a tropical journey through Brazil.

The screening is introduced by exhibition curator Pablo León de la Barra and concludes with a Q&A with artist Carlos Motta and Cinema Tropical cofounder Carlos Gutiérrez.

Screened as part of the film series Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies and presented in conjunction with Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.

Tropical Uncanny is programmed by Carlos A. Gutiérrez in collaboration with Jerónimo Rodríguez.

Special thanks to Amalia Córdova, Chris Gude, Raúl Guzmán, Pablo León de la Barra, Corey Sabourin, Maria-Christina Villaseñor and Christina Yang.

Thanks to Dora Amorim, CinemaScopio; Agustina Chiarino, Control Z Films; Amanda Guimarães and Rachel Daisy Ellis, Desvia; Marilys Downey; Alex García and Sandro Fiorin, FiGa Films; Natalia Trebik, Le Fresnoy; and Jessy Vega, Interior XIII.

Journey to a Land Otherwise Known (Voyage En La Terre Autrement Dite)


Ex It (Ex Isto)