Grit: Contemporary Mexican Video 17 September 2014

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Curated by Mexican artist and former Impakt’s resident Joaquin Segura, Grit: Contemporary Mexican Video is a subjective panorama of Mexican video production showcasing the practice of some of the artists in the Mexican scene that have both functioned as key players and points of reference within this context. The works included in this program selection were  created between 1996 and 2011, years in which the political climate in Mexico has gone through historical changes: most blatantly the stepping-down of the political party that ruled the country for more than 70 years straight, a generalized deception after this rotation, the institutionalization of corruption, the drug wars and the botched attempts to fight them.  It has also been a period of time in which situations such as mass media operated stereotyping, social inequities and double-moral policies against indigenous minorities have been exponentially strengthened. Some of these themes are implicit in the screening and create a wider scenario of the everyday problematic in the country, which is sadly the departure point from which we build our personal signifiers and narratives. All these videos represent a group of common realities and references for a generation, through which we constitute ourselves and also double as material to work with.

These works are a selection of the full program, originally including 25 videos from 17 leading Mexican artists and previously screened in Prague, Amsterdam and Helsinki.

BIO: Born in Mexico City in 1980, Joaquin Segura is Mexico City’s latest enfant terrible whose highly‐diverse oeuvre meditates on violence as an omnipresent motif in contemporary life. His recent production is visibly concerned about the nature of power & political apparatuses nowadays, constructing a practice deeply fascinated by the fissures & contradictions in extreme ideologies and the crucial role these have played in the globalization of socio-political crisis. Segura’s work has been extensively shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, USA, Europe & Asia, in venues such as Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Mexico City), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia) and much more.

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