Cuevas, Donovan, Gomez-Peña

Cuevas, Donovan, Gomez-Peña

Curated by Astria Suparak
For Pratt Film Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
September 27 + 29, 1998


Cuerpos de Papel, Ximena Cuevas (Mexico), 1997, 4 min.
“Cuerpos de Papel is a dense visual meditation on sexuality, loss, jealousy and intimacy. It uses rich sensual images to weave a digital portrait of an intimate, erotic, and emotional past. As the images transform, we are left with a slippery sense of intangibility and delicacy.” – VDB catalogue.

Boy Frankenstein, Susana Donovan, 1994, b/w, 9 min.
Uses collaged images, text, and narration to form a lyrical critique of the limitations and destructive nature of the nuclear family. Consisting of video, found footage and Super-8mm film, B.F. relates the story of an individual constructed entirely by and through the comments and perceptions of those around her/him.

Borderstasis: The Many Lives of an End-of-the-Century Bandit, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, 1998, video, in English, Spanish, Spanglish, 22:35 min.
“This strange, lyrical performance video diary is a millennial reflection on the impossibility to “reveal” one’s self in stormy times such as ours. The piece is also about the intricate connections between performance and everyday life; about language, identity, love, nostalgia and activism amidst the California apocalypse. Through a series of poetic tableaux vivants, performance actions and found footage, “Borderstasis” articulates the fluid boundaries between public and private, mythical and real, as they exist in the life of a “migrant performance artist” living in a fully globalized world.” – VDB catalogue

(Recently at El Museo del Barrio. Founding member of the Border Arts Workshop, member of Post-Arte)