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Art History Professor Elena Shtromberg to discuss Latin American Video Art at VIVO Media Arts Centre

Elena Shtromberg at VIVO

Art History Professor Elena Shtromberg will discuss Latin American Video Art at an event at the VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6pm. The evening  features an in-house screening, discussion, archival displays, and media library.

Archive/Counter Archive (ACA) and VIVO Media Arts Centre in collaboration with the LASA Film Studies and Visual Culture section, invite you to an evening of events featuring a video screening of Latin American video art from VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library and Archives, curated by Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda. This event is part of VIVO’s ACA case study on Gendered Violence: Responses and Remediations. Taking the documentation of the 1987 event series, Women, Art and the Periphery, as a point of departure, this screening and library showcase features a selection of Latin American video, audio, and archival documentation that address gendered violence through a multigenerational and intersectional lens.

To celebrate the recent publication of Encounters in Video Art in Latin America (Getty Publications, 2023) edited by Elena Shtromberg and Glenn Phillips and to contextualize the relevance of VIVOs Latin American collections within the histories of video art and independent media production in the region, Shtromberg will join our discussion about collections, archives, and Latin American video distribution networks across the Americas.

Encounters in Video Art includes a chapter written by Aceves Sepúlveda on Latin American feminist video art supported by VIVO and A/CA based on her research on Women, Art & the Periphery documentation. It also includes an interview with Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas who is part of VIVOs collections.

Homage to Sonia Andrade
Curated and introduced by Elena Shtromberg
Untitled 1974-1978, a program of selected video works by Brazilian Sonia Andrade (also featured in the book) precedes Aceves Sepúlveda’s screening to honor Andrade’s recent passing (courtesy of Andrade’s state). These short vignettes are some of the earliest videos produced in Brazil. Created during the height of censorship in Brazil during the military dictatorship, the video experiments comprising Untitled posit the body as the site of tensions, probing its limit as subject and object of electronic display. Andrade organizes her body in a direct critique of the dictatorship, situating it in precarious situations recalling scenes of torture and violence.

Photo credit: Documentation of Lotty Rosenfeld's art intervention on Georgia Street, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) land, Vancouver, Canada, 1987. Image courtesy of Video In.