Opening Wednesday April, 12 2017 5.30pm
ST PAUL St Gallery One, Auckland
“Is this the way language is supposed to work – the same reflection for everyone?” asks one of the women in Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s film, That which identifies them like the eye of the cyclops (2016). “Is it a language only to be understood among us?” The limits of language, that there are ethical, political, and material obstacles to what is able to be seen are points returned to across Santiago Munoz’s films. These are narratives constructed in collaboration with the protagonists. They include a group of women—political dissidents, teachers, farmers, artists—who are involved in political transformation in the artist’s homeland, Puerto Rico; and Pablo Díaz Cuadrado, who went to the Orocovis mountains with a commune in 1972 and stayed on alone, cultivating heritage seeds, monitoring the growth and decomposition of everything around him, breeding bees and poultry and preparing for the future.Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is a filmmaker based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work combines observation and documentary conventions with elements of improvisation and imagined reality. She has always worked with people she knows, and over a long duration, an approach Muñoz has referred to as “an ethnography of what is possible to imagine together.” The work focuses on the relationships between local communities and the land, history and infrastructure. In each of these films, Muñoz works with a process of ‘recognition’: of daily work, collectivity and autonomy, and different ways of knowing and imagining places.
This exhibition opens alongside of Ngahuia Harrison: E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai. I stumble on ahead my face turns skyward although I am below my thoughts are floating through the sky in ST PAUL St Gallery Two.
Image: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, That which identifies them like the eye of the cyclops (production still), 2016. Three-channel digital video, sound, colour; 10:11 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.
St Paul Street Gallery
Date(s) - 12/04/2017 - 26/05/2017