Beyond Les Rencontres Internationales, video and multimedia exhibitions are curated at the invitation of museums and art centres. They offer critical and progressive insight into areas with shifting boundaries, bringing together the aesthetic, social and political questions of our time, including issues related to changing modes of production and distribution.
Bienal Internacional de Arte SIART
La Paz, Bolivia | Oct. 11 to Nov. 11, 2016
Alliance Française, the Goethe Institute and the Cinenómada Foundation, with the support of the French-German Cultural Fund and the Institut français, invited the directors of Rencontres Internatonales Paris/Berlin as visual art and multimedia experts to be part of the Talentartes 2016 residency programme, and to curate the exhibition of the selected artists within the framework of the Biennial International art expo, SIART.
As an extension of this collaboration, the Cinenómada Foundation and its director, Juan Carlos Valdivia, invited the directors of Rencontres Internatonales as associate curators of the cinema section of the Biennial.
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Oct. 13 to Nov. 11, 2016 - Exhibition
Alianza Francesa Gallery
This exhibition gathers works by three young Bolivian artists, Serena Vargas, Nancy Cronen and Eloisa Larrea, chosen by Joaquin Sanchez, the artistic director of the Biennial International Art expo, SIART, and Jean-François Rettig, codirector of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, following the 2016 Talentartes artist residency held in La Paz in May 2016. Talentartes is a project organized and funded by Alliance Française, the Goethe Institute and the Cinenómada Foundation, with the support of the French-German Cultural Fund and the Institut français. "This exhibition is about altered bodies, those of bruised individuals, those fragmented by social functions and their avatars, those of our unquenchable desire for freedom. Serena Vargas questions the possibility of repair and reappropriation of the individual body affected by violence. It is a question of a transactional relationship, an exchange of views and words between the artist and three women. The sound and images are those of body-receptacles introducing us to the suspense of the intimate. The aim is to give voice and body to what has been altered. Eloisa Larrea proposes a critical introspection on our social representations and the predetermination of the images they convey. The immobility of the fragmentary moment of the documentary images is matched by the temporality of the soundtrack, made up of mixed fragments, which give body to the whole, and point, in a hollow way, to the possibility of multiple identities and the aspiration to a social body where our individualities would be freed from determinations and arbitrariness. Nancy Cronen uses a strategy of symbolic confrontation and the register of performance. Her interrogation of the devices of alienation goes beyond the necessary critique of psychiatric practices of confinement, and unfolds as an allegory of the madness of the world. The device exposes the arbitrariness of moral values, the inherent violence of systems, as well as the ambivalence of our action, calling for a radical resolution on our part that breaks this chain. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)"
Serena Vargas: Cuerpo de afecto | video installation | video, colour, 8' | photo slide, 4' | mixed sounds | Bolivia, 2016
Eloisa Larrea: Abigarrado | photo and sound installation | documentary photographies, 12 digital photos on plywood | mixed sounds, 4 sound pieces | Bolivia, 2016
Nancy Cronen: Sumergida | video installation | projection and water - video performance, 40'44'', colour | Bolivia, 2016
Oct. 14-21, 2016 - Screenings, workshops
The Cinenómada Foundation and its director Juan Carlos Valdivia invited the directors of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin as associate curators of the cinema section of the Biennial International Art expo, SIART, with the support of Alliance française, the Goethe Institute, the French-German Cultural Fund and the Institut français. The week-long programme was held in the presence of: Thom Andersen, Laurence Bonvin, Claire Denis, Paz Encina, Thomas Heise, Joaquín del Paso, Michele Pennetta, and Teddy Williams.
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Oct. 15, 9PM - Screening
Carte blanche to Rencontres Internationales
The directors of the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin presented a carte blanche screening programme on October 15 at the Bolivian Cinematheque, within the framework of the cinema section of the Biennial International art expo, SIART.
"For this session, we wanted to start with a work by the poet Bernard Heidsieck, "Vaduz", composed in 1974: a plastic and sound work that explores the notions of otherness and diversity of language. It is a masterly work that lists the peoples and ethnic groups that exist in the world the world, beyond states and nations, and where a reversal between centrality and periphery takes place, where periphery, where an inalienable part of our freedom is affirmed, that of inhabiting the world and and to express it in its diversity. A manifesto that is both poetic and political, against the great hegemonic movements of history and the alienation of individuals on the margins. The four films in this session speak, each in their own way, of these individuals situated on the margins of history and our contemporary societies. of history and of our contemporary societies, and introduce us to the existential question of the specific place and time in which we specific place and time in which we live. Each of these films states a part of what Each of these films states a part of what constitutes our fundamental dignity. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)"
Christian Barani: Prolégomène à la lumière | Exp. documentary, colour, 7’, France/Kazakhstan, 2013
Tommaso Donati: Faim | Exp. fiction, colour, 16’04’’, Switzerland/France, 2015
Pedro Costa: O Nosso Homem | Exp. fiction, colour, 23’, Portugal, 2011-2015
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vapour | Exp. fiction, music performance by Michael Busch, black and white, 21’, Thailand, 201