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Ana María gÓmez lÓpez
Cosmos and Paleontology
Experimental doc. | 4k | color and b&w | 13'20'' | Colombia / Netherlands | 2019
Before the 1957 launch of Sputnik, Ivan Efremov, a Soviet paleontologist and science fiction writer, had already written about humans traveling through interstellar space and recovering fossils in galaxies thousands of light years away. Cosmos and Paleontology interweaves this farseeing prose with archival and present-day material of persons, objects, and locations related to Efremov, such as the Paleontological Institute in Moscow, where he penned several short stories and novels. Cosmos and Paleontology explores Efremov’s ideas of deep space and deep time, combining prehistoric skeletons with cosmonaut relics, footage of dinosaur excavations in the Gobi Desert with Soviet cinematic adaptations of future space travel. At its core, Cosmos and Paleontology is a journey with a man who envisioned ancient Earth and the far reaches of the universe alike, defying the known limits of primordial life and death both in this planet and beyond.
Ana María Gómez López (b. 1981, CO/US) creates short films and durational works based on critical research in history of science. She has participated in exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Fonds d’art contemporain Genève, Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, among other institutions. Ana María was a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2017-2018) and completed her MFA at the Yale University School of Art.