Under The Same Sun Exhibition Videos

 
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Plages, 2001. Digital color video, with sound, transferred from 35 mm film, 15 min., edition 4/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.25 © Dominique González-Foerster

Film & Video Screenings

Under The Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today Exhibition Videos

September 6–September 30, 2014
Saturdays–Tuesdays, 11 am and 3 pm

Exhibition videos screened as part of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.

Dominique González-Foerster
b. 1965, Strasbourg, France

Plages, 2001
Digital color video, with sound, transferred from 35 mm film, 15 min.
Edition 4/5
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.25

The action of Dominique González-Foerster’s Plages takes place in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve, presenting the viewer with a bird’s-eye view of Copacabana’s beach crowded with white-clad revelers. For González-Foerster, the beach—with its free social movement and fluid boundary between land and sea—is a symbol of possibility. Copacabana could be a utopia, but as it starts to rain and the film nears its end, a local fisherman makes a stark announcement: “Copacabana does not exist.”

Tamar Guimarães
b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Canoas, 2010
Digital color video, with sound, transferred from 16 mm film, 13 min., 30 sec.
Edition 3/7
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.26

In this video, Tamar Guimarães stages a cocktail party in Casa das Canoas, the iconic home of architect Oscar Niemeyer. Guests’ discussions of Brazil’s past in terms of the relationship between modernity and social housing, political dictatorship and artistic exile strike a contradictory note in the party’s bourgeois context. This disparity is underscored by the discreet presence of servants and waiters—despite the artistic and political idealism represented by Niemeyer’s modernist design, the reality of social stratification remains a part of Brazilian culture.

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