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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Brazil
    Through November 25 2014 Upcoming Poland Starting October 31 2014 Now Playing Australia Through December 25 2014 Upcoming Australia Starting November 28 2014 Now Playing Turkey Through January 29 2015 Upcoming Turkey Starting December 26 2014 Now Playing Vietnam Through February 26 2015 Upcoming Vietnam Starting January 30 2015 Now Playing Through March 26 2015 Upcoming Starting February 27 2015 Now Playing Hungary Through April 30 2015 Upcoming Hungary Starting March 27 2015 Now Playing Through May 28 2015 Upcoming Starting May 1 2015 Now Playing India Through June 25 2015 Upcoming India Starting May 29 2015 Now Playing Cuba Through July 30 2015 Upcoming Cuba Starting June 26 2015 Now Playing New Zealand Through August 27 2015 Upcoming New Zealand Starting July 31 2015 Now Playing Philippines Through September 24 2015 Upcoming Philippines Starting August 28 2015 Now Playing Argentina Through October 29 2015 Upcoming Argentina Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing South Africa Through November 24 2015 Upcoming South Africa Starting October 30 2015 Now Playing Colombia Through December 31 2015 Upcoming Colombia Starting November 27 2015 Now Playing Through February 4 2016 Upcoming Starting January 2 2016 Sights and Sounds Brazil features new work by Regina Parra Rodrigo Cass Cristiano Lenhardt and Tamar Guimarães selected by Luiza Proença Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald In a country with difficulties discussing historical trauma videos by artists Regina Parra Rodrigo Cass Cristiano Lenhardt and Tamar Guimarães represent a willingness to speak out These videos produced in Brazil in 2009 and 2012 each confront history through ways of speaking interruptions of a repeated speech silences that question a fact or image Such efforts are valuable in a country that has had difficulties collectively in discussing the traumas of its past social experiences The videos are manifestations of a willingness to speak to open a wound to interfere in the present or to make public an opinion Language or the lack of it in the form of text visual element sound or symbol is a tool for revisiting an event or exposing an unresolved conflict Luiza Proença Curator Luiza Proença b São Paulo 1985 is an independent writer and curator based in São Paulo She is associate curator of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo and was assistant curator of The Insides Are on the Outside at Casa de Vidro São Paulo 2011 13 and the editorial coordinator of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul Porto Alegre 2013 Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Regina Parra 7 536 Steps For a Geography of Proximity 2012 video sound 20 min 34 sec Artwork Regina Parra Parra walks 7 536 steps from downtown São Paulo to the Brás neighborhood guided by the sound of a radio tuned to an empty frequency Official Portuguese broadcasts eventually give way to pirate radio in Spanish Quechua and Aymara languages spoken by the Bolivian immigrants who live illegally

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-brazil (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Romania
    work by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan Irina Botea Pavel Br ila and Mona V t manu and Florin Tudor selected by Daria Ghiu Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald These four videos share a certain Romanian sensibility an interest in assembling and installing history The works are infused with hints of the historical avant gardes whose vestiges and heritage remain vividly alive there Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan use official local histories as material for a filmed performance that crashes and transforms them in a cacophonous Dada act Irina Botea constructs a national anthem a well preserved and exhausted stereotype to reveal an act of national identity deconstruction at once beautiful and almost ridiculous Pavel Br ila carefully portrays the one day winter life of Chi in u capital of Moldova wielding the tools of a post plein air painter to simultaneously veil and unveil the city The mute film of Mona V t manu and Florin Tudor features children s play an ephemeral unaware enactment of history and warfare Their simple poetic gesture implies a promise the promise of renewal Daria Ghiu Curator Daria Ghiu b Bucharest 1983 is a PhD candidate at the National University of Arts in Bucharest with a thesis on the history of the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale An art critic she publishes reviews in Romanian and international art magazines such as Arta Idea arts society Artforum com Critics Picks section TurnOnArt com Art Press and Spike and is a permanent collaborator with Romanian Cultural Public Radio In 2013 she contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition Romanian Scenes at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton Paris In the same year she curated In This Pavilion One Can See Art Romania in Venice 89 Years with La Biennale at tranzit ro Bucharest Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan Pacta Sunt Servanda Agreements Must Be Kept 2012 HD video sound 16 min 37 sec Artwork Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan Transylvania s history is a subject of dispute between its resident Romanians and ethnic Hungarians In Pacta Sunt Servanda the artists simultaneously read two official versions of the same national history taken from their respective schoolbooks Recited at the same time the two versions bring to the surface contradictory versions of the past and cancel one another out The video includes three chapters The 1848 Revolution the Treaty of Trianon 1920 and the Vienna Dictate 1940 Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Add Like Irina Botea Before a National Anthem 2010 video sound 10 min 55 sec Artwork Irina Botea While the aim of a national anthem is to mobilize patriotic feeling around the idea of the nation the telos or purpose of the composer is to consider and capture the political imagination of the moment For Before a National Anthem writers and

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-romania (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Peru
    selected by Miguel A López Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald In Peru motion pictures and video have been a powerful device for political critique since the mid 1990s This is especially meaningful in a country whose recent memory has been shaped by a hijacked mass media and a culture of surveillance Yet it was the broadcast of footage of government authorities bribing politicians officials and TV station chiefs that led to the fall of the last dictatorship in Peru in 2000 The great impact of all this is reflected in an emerging art scene that uses commercial media to comment critically on pressing issues globalization migration and diaspora social activism history modernization the confrontation of Andean and Western culture and public space Unsurprisingly there is a vein of work dealing with a political past that refuses to be left behind Cristian Alarcón Ismodes and José Luis Martinat both endured armed conflict and dictatorship in their youth and now explore the memory of their experiences with black humor and irony Eliana Otta focuses on the longstanding social problems that result from colonialism inequality and marginalization Rita Ponce de León preoccupied by language imagines the body as a tool of expression and explores its participation in the public sphere Miguel A López Curator Miguel A López b Lima 1983 is a writer artist and researcher He has published in Afterall ramona e flux Journal Manifesta Journal and Art in America among other journals As a member of Red Conceptualismos del Sur López co curated Losing the Human Form A Seismic Image of the 1980s in Latin America at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid 2012 13 He also co curated Altered Pulse at the MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo UNAM Mexico City 2013 14 Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Eliana Otta b Lima 1981 lives in Lima Refundación Refounding 2011 stop motion animation sound 5 min 27 sec Eliana Otta Two tigers descend the Cerro San Cristóbal the peak overlooking Lima Arriving in the capital city they dismantle the Government Palace This grandiose building built in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro on land that was spiritually significant to the Incas has been partially destroyed and rebuilt numerous times throughout Peru s tumultuous political history In this video the artist whimsically imagines the ultimate destruction of this house of power and envisions the potential for a new order with a radically different social basis Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Add Like Rita Ponce de León David 2012 video 1 min 46 sec made in collaboration with Laura Alderete Artwork Rita Ponce de León provided by 80M2 Livia Benavides Gallery Lima This video is inspired by David Alfaro Siqueiros the Mexican social realist painter known for his large murals The transit of the hands or the body sketching the

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-peru (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Angola
    Upcoming Philippines Starting August 28 2015 Now Playing Argentina Through October 29 2015 Upcoming Argentina Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing South Africa Through November 24 2015 Upcoming South Africa Starting October 30 2015 Now Playing Colombia Through December 31 2015 Upcoming Colombia Starting November 27 2015 Now Playing Through February 4 2016 Upcoming Starting January 2 2016 Sights and Sounds Angola features new work by Binelde Hyrcan Paulo Azevedo Angel Ihosvanny Cisneros Felicidade and Iris Buchholz Chocolate selected by Suzana Souza Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald The four artists whose work is featured in this exhibition Binelde Hyrcan Paulo Azevedo Angel Ihosvanny Cisneros Felicidade and Iris Buchholz Chocolate blend imagination and history revealing new narratives as they reinterpret Angolan stories These four artists share a willingness to question reflect upon and tell stories from Angola a young country independent since 1975 Their videos are global in their use of language and visual elements However their storytelling is complicated by the way they present their subjects more often than not we find historical moments and cultural details reinterpreted rather than presented in a natural way In some cases only fragments of the real world are visible the city walls of Luanda for instance as they appear in Ihosvanny s Noise or the partial view of Carnival and its traditions as seen in the slow motion gestures of dancers in Azevedo s work Without the music and background crowds the subject would be unrecognizable Meanwhile Chocolate offers her own poetic reading of the country by immersing herself in the local culture past and present And Hyrcan engages the viewer through the fantasy life of kids For these artists imagination and history connect and construct meaning allowing the viewer to discover new narratives in otherwise known stories Suzana Sousa Curator Suzana Sousa b Luanda 1981 has a Master of Arts in postcolonial cultures and global policy at Goldsmiths College University of London An independent curator she has worked in Angola since 2003 Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Binelde Hyrcan Cambeck 2010 video sound 10 min 11 sec Artwork Binelde Hyrcan provided by Foundation Sindika Dokolo and Luis Silva Collections Cambeck features a group of boys playing in a make believe car in and around the beach in Luanda Their banter is reminiscent of estiga local slang for adult trash talk Their mocking conversations pick up on local expression as filtered through children demonstrating how humor is born from necessity Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Add Like Paulo Azevedo Kazukuta 365 Degrees 2012 video sound 3 min 12 sec Artwork 2012 Paulo Azevedo Inspired by Douglas Gordon a contemporary artist whose 24 Hour Psycho famously presented the classic Hitchcock film screened at a glacial pace Azevedo slows down the movements of kazukuta dancers Kazukuta a dance related to Carnival Mardi Gras in Luanda

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-angola (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: China
    Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald Recent video art from China has expanded the narrative potential of film to create work that is nuanced and subjective while investigating social and political conditions Video as an artistic medium arrived in China in the late 1980s A decade of economic reform spurred a rise in consumer culture and household electronics became accessible and popular The first work of Chinese video art is often said to be Zhang Peili s 30x30 1988 a single channel video of the artist piecing together a broken mirror over the course of half an hour However a number of other artists at that time were also using video to document monotonous actions such as a wheel spinning Zhu Jia or a person sipping a bowl of noodles Yan Lei To a large extent these faithful recordings of banal activities were meant as a gesture of rebellion against social realism the enforced mode of artistic production in China for several decades which featured exaggerated false depictions of everyday life in the service of ideological beliefs and political propaganda In recent years Chinese artists have greatly expanded the narrative potential of film and video to create work that is more nuanced and subjective Cinema has clearly inspired both Li Ran s humorous Soviet style film and Huang Ran s elaborate drama Hao Jingban captures the routine of ballroom dancers in her understated observational documentary Chen Shaoxiong personalizes photojournalism through his ink paintings re presenting news footage as an animated music video While an exact sense of time and location are left vague in each of these works all revisit the past in order to investigate the social and political conditions of the present Carol Yinghua Lu Curator Carol Yinghua Lu b Chaozhou 1977 lives and works in Beijing She is a contributing editor at Frieze and the first visiting research fellow at Tate Research Centre Asia Pacific Lu served on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale and was co artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Chen Shaoxiong Ink Media 2011 2013 video sound 3 min 45 sec Artwork Chen Shaoxiong provided by Pékin Fine Arts Gallery Beijing Ink Media is based on photographs of protests staged around the world Chen Shaoxiong downloaded the images from the internet and revived them in original ink and brush paintings which he then pieced together to form a video montage It only takes three minutes to retell a hundred years of history the artist writes of his selective documentary Everything else fades away with the passing of time as if these events never happened Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Add Like Huang Ran Blithe Tragedy excerpt 2010 video 14 min 52 sec Artwork Huang Ran provided by Long March Space Beijing and Simon Lee Gallery London Blithe

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-china (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Israel
    Playing Through February 4 2016 Upcoming Starting January 2 2016 Sights and Sounds Israel features new work by Guy Ben Ner Tali Keren Mika Rottenberg and Gilad Ratman selected by Chen Tamir Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald Next to high technology weapons and produce video art seems to be one of Israel s major exports Israeli video art did not develop in the late 1960s as in North America and Europe but rather emerged as a serious medium in the mid 1990s largely influenced by mass media In the early nineties following the shift to a free market economy Israel went virtually overnight from having one black and white state run television station to piping hundreds of cable channels to almost every household The sudden mass exposure to networks from the United States such as CNN and MTV coincided with the 1991 war in the Persian Gulf the first Palestinian Intifada and the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 Israelis began to see themselves from a new perspective as filtered through the international news During this time and not coincidentally the hi tech sector in Israel flourished and video cameras and VCRs started to become accessible Against this backdrop artists working today were coming of age and negotiating their social and political environment Naturally their work has often focused on the intersection of the personal and the political within Israeli society The four works gathered here do not directly document conflict instead they take a more fanciful approach using highly constructed scenarios that may be read as allegories Each takes a banal everyday situation and infuses it with a fantastical narrative All share underlying motifs of transformation and metamorphosis Chen Tamir Curator Chen Tamir b Tel Aviv 1979 is the curator of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and associate director of Artis She was previously executive director of Flux Factory New York She holds a Master s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College and has organized shows across Canada the United States and Israel Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Guy Ben Ner Spies 2011 video sound 8 min 57 sec Artwork Guy Ben Ner provided by the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art Spies refers to the biblical story of the twelve spies who were sent to scout the Land of Canaan and returned with a bunch of grapes so large two men had to carry it An image of this is now used as the logo of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism The video zooms out from this logo hung on a shabby building while a voiceover recounts parts of Samuel Beckett s absurdist plays Waiting for Godot and Endgame and Jonathan Swift s parodic novel Gulliver s Travels The work focuses on origins as proof of ownership and toys with the idea of Israelis as both tourists and spies

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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Portugal
    Zealand Starting July 31 2015 Now Playing Philippines Through September 24 2015 Upcoming Philippines Starting August 28 2015 Now Playing Argentina Through October 29 2015 Upcoming Argentina Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing South Africa Through November 24 2015 Upcoming South Africa Starting October 30 2015 Now Playing Colombia Through December 31 2015 Upcoming Colombia Starting November 27 2015 Now Playing Through February 4 2016 Upcoming Starting January 2 2016 Sights and Sounds Portugal features new work by Gabriel Abrantes and Benjamin Crotty Salomé Lamas and a pair of videos by Bofa da Cara selected by Miguel Amado Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald Portuguese artists have been experimenting with film and video since the 1960s However these media particularly video only became popular in the Portuguese art scene in the late 1990s primarily within a group of emerging artists who explored the nature of the moving image A decade later a generation of young artists including Gabriel Abrantes and Salomé Lamas further developed video as well as film Although their output is diverse in style and subject matter all emphasize cinematic narrative and share an approach to the real in which fact and fiction are blurred Their works are presented both in art galleries and film festivals eroding typical disciplinary boundaries Artists in Angola Mozambique and other African countries that were formerly Portuguese colonies frequently show their work in Portugal The country has in consequence become a hub for the wider international dissemination of their art In Africa artists are employing film and video more and more in parallel with media such as painting and sculpture The videos by Bofa da Cara a collaboration between Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito and Spanish filmmaker Pere Ortín often visual companions to spoken word performances illustrate some of the output from the region They consider the Eurocentric representation of the other to examine the legacy of colonialism This selection focuses on the intersection of the social with personal identity Lamas looks at a community in Lisbon reconstructing the experience of its members through memory Abrantes tells a love story between Liberdade and Betty an immigrant Chinese girl set in Luanda the capital of Angola Bofa da Cara creates an iconography drawn from archive material to map stereotypes and conflicts Although poetic the featured works express politics in history and in geography Miguel Amado Curator Miguel Amado b Coimbra 1973 is a curator and critic based in Barcelona and Lisbon He was the curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has worked on or organized exhibitions at such institutions as Tate St Ives England Rhizome at the New Museum New York the Abrons Arts Center New York apexart New York and the Centro de Artes Visuais Coimbra His writing appears regularly in Artforum He holds a Master s degree in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art London Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/sights-and-sounds-global-film-and-video-portugal (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Singapore
    Siriphol Mahardika Yudha and Charles Lim selected by Patrick D Flores Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald Although I was invited to curate a selection of films and videos from Singapore I found the constraint of national boundaries too restrictive In Southeast Asia the connections and relationships among countries and cultural traditions are complex To reflect this I have selected works from Singapore Indonesia and Thailand These relationships are not always direct but delicate tangential moments of near contact or close encounter Films and videos from these three countries yield coordinates that structure the themes of origin and repetition layer and flow hierarchy and horizon They take us to moments of epiphany and memory charged with frenetic energy and yet contemplative too A turning point in film and video in Southeast Asia occurred at the end of the Cold War the moving image emerged as a medium for the rechanneling of a range of expressive forms oral visual literary in authoritarian political environments Its animating impulse is less conceptual reflexivity than social urgency These artists offer means of reflecting on Southeast Asia alluding to psychogeography genealogies of conflict and the basis of the creative drive in situations of discipline defiance confrontation and self consciousness They reveal a keen interest in the poetics and politics of place and initiate us into the dense historical lifeworld of the region Patrick D Flores Curator Patrick D Flores b Iloilo City 1969 is curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila and professor of art studies at the University of the Philippines where he was department chair from 1997 to 2003 He is adjunct curator at the National Art Gallery Singapore Video slide data cycle timeout 6000 data cycle youtube true data youtube youtube Ho Tzu Nyen Newton 2009 HD video sound 4 min 26 sec Artwork Ho Tzu Nyen A white book falls on an albino man setting off a chain of events The sequence repeats in a loop accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack As the title suggests the book s fall is Newtonian the video is an exploration of gravity inspiration chance repetition a meditation on invention and creative practice in a world that repeats and reverses Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Add Like Chulyarnnon Siriphol Planking 2012 video 3 min Artwork Chulyarnnon Siriphol Each day at 8 00 AM and 6 00 PM the Thai national anthem is broadcast on every TV channel radio program and public loudspeaker in Thailand All activity stops everyone stands and listens In this silent video a man lies face down with arms at his sides in train stations parks and other communal spaces while the anthem plays an echo of the planking meme that swept the Internet in 2011 The action is both formal and trivial complicating the moment The staged interventions are irreverent and unsettling evoking images of political protestors and casualties of war

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