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Mauricio saenz
The Origin of Stones
Experimental video | hdv | color and b&w | 4'53'' | Mexico | 2016
“ The origin of stones ” questions the ideals of the past and their validity in the present through the decay and fall of monuments built to preserve a historic memory. With a text based on a debate that puts in doubt the efficiency of a scale used to document the proportion and appearance of archaeological remains, this work looks to ruins as elements of live content linked to the present and emphasizes the powerful yet fragile nature of the narratives of history. Thus, it mirrors the impossibility to imagine the promises of a future on the ruins of the recent past, representing in this way a model of a fallen utopia.
Mauricio Saenz (b. 1977, Matamoros, Mexico) is a visual artist and filmmaker with a practice between experimental and docufiction. He obtained a master`s degree in artistic production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and has exhibited his audiovisual work in festivals such as Stuttgarter Filmwinter and European Media Art Festival in Germany where he was also nominated for the Dialogpreis of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was recently nominated for the LOOP Discover Award in Barcelona for outstanding international video artists.