aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival: Feelings


Curated by:
Maria Alejandrina Coates

Featuring Artworks by:

Nelly César (Mexico)
soJin Chun (Toronto)
Ximena Cuevas (Mexico)
Gabriela Golder (Argentina)
Christian Jankowski (Germany)

April 2nd - April 16th
open everyday from 11am - 6pm
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto

opening reception: April 2nd - 6PM

This exhibition proposes to examine the element of feeling and emotion in media art as a means to disrupt the homogenous and immersive space of the mediatic and virtual realms. The artists in the exhibition negotiate the dynamics between emotional affect, and its portrayal through the sterility and distance of media art.

Historically, the subject of embodiment, or the transition of the human body from a physical to a virtual space, has taken centre-stage to media artists' concerns. In Latin America and its diaspora, media and performance artists have featured the body precisely due to its precarity amidst geo-political and social violence. However, this exhibition attempts to move beyond the discussion of embodiment to include the dimension of psychology and the spectrum of emotions (such as anger, love, hate, resentment, admiration, and devotion) as a politicized state of being that is activated through media. In the context of aluCine, and filmmaking as a genre, this exhibition will also explore the formal tropes and stereotypes of the Latin-American dramatic character.

All artists in this exhibition use video and performance to disturb embedded social cues for conveying emotion, and reorganize the senses in ways that allow for a multiplicity of subjectivities and inter-textual relationships to emerge.


At 7:30pm of the opening night - April 2nd, Nelly César will perform her piece Mi Gusto Es as part of the exhibition Feelings, at Beaver Hall Gallery. This performance consists of the artist singing a live version of the popular Mexican song in attempt to emulate her father’s rendition, which will be playing on a TV screen in front of her. In an attempt to reconstruct from memory the same tempo, rhythm, and melody, the artist uses familial love to create a dissonance that subverts its coding within a patriarchal discourse.

The Opening Reception is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto, the Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto, and the Goethe Institute in Toronto.

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