This project, based on my late cousin's blog, addresses the notion of digital spaces as memory sites, and consists of a twofold strategy for memorialization. The first part involved the creation of a booklet with a selection of poems from the blog, that was later presented as a memory device. The second part consists of a video that offers a personal meditation on my process, in the tradition of memory performance.
Full text and booklet images here.
After the military coup against Venezuelan President Rómulo Gallegos in 1948, many officials of his government, as well as militants of various political parties, were forced into exile. About 300 of those families chose Mexico as their temporary home.
El Exilio Dorado is a short documentary that collects the testimonies of a group of Venezuelans raised in exile in Mexico during that time.
This is a work in progress, which I am directing and editing.
RAW is a Korsakow (hypertextual video) project I made with images of Venezuelan artist Deborah Castillo's solo show Raw, which took place at Mandragoras Art Space in NYC in September, 2015. I recorded Deborah's sculpture and installation process –including a work called Yerma that involved 600 pounds of wet clay–, her performance Slapping Power, and the aftermath of Yerma. The final Korsakow project is intended both as documentation of an event and as a unique experience of an artist's process.
Click here to watch RAW (Firefox preferred, but should work in others)
The footage was shot and edited by me. Special thanks to Laura at Mandragoras Art Space for permitting the use of this footage, to Violette Bule for the additional images, and to Mauricio for hosting the project.
I edited this short documentary on a subculture and electronic music genre known as tuki, born in the high-risk areas of Caracas. The video features interviews with the most prominent producers, dancers, and promoters of tuki music.
Produced by Mostro Contenidos. (2012)
This video is an exercise in textual remix and visual appropriation. I structured it to loosely create associations between word, body, and earth.
The texts that I employed are La mordida profunda and De la tierra by Venezuelan poet Hanni Ossott. The images are footage shot by me, public domain footage, fragments of video works by Ana Mendieta, Magdalena Fernández and Rose Lowder, and fragments of the films 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour' by Alain Resnais and 'Shadows' by John Cassavetes. Original music composed by Victor Estrada.
Between 2011 and 2012 I edited several episodes of "Memorabilia", a series of mini docs about art-makers in Venezuela. This series was produced by MOSTRO Contenidos.