Video and Film Series

Screening Room at Faena Hotel Miami Beach

From Boris Mitić’s This is Not Nothing–an impressionistic collection of documentary shots of ‘Nothing’ from around the world, and Ana Teresa Fernández’s Borrando la Frontera (Erasing the Border), documentation of her performance effectively eliminating the metal partitions of the Mexican border wall by painting them the color of the sky; to Cecilia Bengolea’s Lightning Dance, a video work that transposes both the profanity and sanctity of the dancing body alongside the spirituality and power of the natural world and Wu Tsang’sWildness, an award-winning documentary about the Silver Platter, a historic bar that is home to Latinx and immigrant transgender communities in Los Angles; from Eugene Jarecki’s Promised Land, a kaleidoscopic journey shot while crossing the USA in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce, and finally to Joseph Beuys’ seminal piece I Like America and America Likes Me, documentation of a performance where he spent several days with a coyote inside a New York gallery – a confrontation with the spirit and symbol of America which Beuys has been quoted as saying represented “the schism between native intelligence and European mechanistic, materialistic and positivistic values,” or a symbolic reconciliation between modern American society, the natural world, and Native American culture; the works in this video series, as well as the special screenings of full-length feature films Once Upon a Nothing by Boris Mitić, and The King by Eugene Jarecki, explore the multiplicity of narratives and myths, the mosaic of colors and images, the polyphonic cacophony that  would seek to define ‘America.’ 


VIDEO SERIES ON LOOP

ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ
Borrando la Frontera (Erasing the Border), 2011
Performance Documentation at Tijuana/San Diego Border
Courtesy of Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
02:06 minutes

CECILIA BENGOLEA
Lightning Dance, 2012
Short video
06:00 minutes

JOSEPH BEUYS
I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974
Video, 16mm film, black-and-white, with sound, transferred to video,
37:00 minutes

BORIS MITIĆ
This Is Not Nothing, 2018
Film
Serbia, Croatia, France
60:00 minutes

WU TSANG
Wildness, 2012
HD color video with sound
74:00 minutes

EUGENE JARECKI
Promised Land, 2018
Short Film
06:00 minutes
Created by Eugene Jarecki
Co-Creators: Alex Bingham, Georgina Hill, Laura Israel
Produced by Andrew McLain


SCREENINGS

EUGENE JARECKI
The King, 2018
107 minutes

BORIS MITIĆ
Once Upon a Nothing, 2016
60:00 minutes

WU TSANG
Wildness, 2012
HD color video with sound
74:00 minutes


Ana Teresa Fernández

Borrando la Frontera (Erasing the Border)
Performance Documentation at Tijuana/San Diego Border
Courtesy of Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
2011
2:06 minutes


Ana Teresa Fernández, born in 1981 in Tampico, Mexico, lives and works in San Francisco. Her work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil paintings, installations and videos.

Within her work, performance becomes a tool for investigation as strong feminist undercurrents flow together with post-colonial rhetoric. Through her work, the artist illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.

Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA; the Tijuana Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA. Her work has been collected by institutions such the Denver Art Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Kadist Art Foundation.

The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award in 2008 and her films have been screened at festivals internationally including, but not limited to, MADRID International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain, Claremont Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand, France, the International Frauen Film Festival, Dortmund, Germany, among others.

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This is not America.
What is in a name? Asked Shakespeare. United States of America.
United: adjective; joined together politically, for a common purpose, or by common feelings.

But are we? And have we ever been?

The name of this country states our objective. It is meant to be the driver of its meaning, our pursuit. However amidst the 55 countries in the Americas, the “United” States seems to have forced its way into existence, and through out time it has been busy attempting to dislodge, fissure and unweave the fabric of its original content, be it the native indigenous population, migrants, people of color…

We the people… Who is valued as We ?
The Black Poet and Essayist Langston Hughes wrote:

“The land that never has been yet
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America never was America to me
And yet I swear this oath-
America will be”

I believe in the idea of transformation. Of painting a different picture, with words, colors or movements, of what can be, what is possible. We, as artists, can depict and remind people of what possibility tastes and feels like. We can encourage to transcend the given, what is imposed unto us and instead I fight for what can be. Because this is not yet America.

I believe America can be. I have to.


BORIS MITIC

This Is Not Nothing,
Serbia, Croatia, France, 2018
60:00 minutes

Boris Mitić plays blitz chess for money, which he then spends on breakfast.

His cinematic work deals with improbable or untreatable topics, in a style marked by complex yet accessible satire. His four films have toured the world in over 200 festivals (Locarno, IDFA, Edinburgh, Abu Dhabi, Seattle, Mar del Plata, Jerusalem), picking up 20+ awards (Sarajevo, Madrid, Rome, Mexico City, Montevideo, Novosibirsk) and lecturing and mentoring invitations in Doha, Copenhagen, Florence, Sofia, Beirut, Kolkata, Geneva and London.

Faena Festival will screen "This is Not Nothing”, an impressionistic wordless remix featuring footage from his latest documentary “In Praise of Nothing”, narrated by Iggy Pop.

A voyage across the world like a fantastic cavalcade through seas, mountains, valleys, streets, forests, deserts and so much more: we accompany “Nothing”, an exceptional guide, to discover banal moments that become unique.

The universe offered up by Boris Mitić, the unfathomable enfant terrible of Serbian film, is made of philosophical reflections that blend images caught by the cameras of 62 accomplices with a text imbued with a satirical tone and narrated by the incomparable voice of Iggy Pop. Remixed from the feature-length documentary ‘In Praise of Nothing’.

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Disamericanize

Boris Mitic


JOSEPH BEUYS

I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974
video, 16mm film, black-and-white, with sound, transferred to video,
37:00 minutes

Joseph Beuys was a leading German Conceptual and performance artist.

Known for his highly original and controversial themes, his practice of “social sculpture” attempted to make art more democratic by collapsing the space between life and art.

The best known of his works is I Like America and America Likes Me (1974), in which he spent several days with a coyote in a New York gallery space. Described as a “dialogue” with the animal, the performance presented Beuys as a shaman—a spiritual leader and healer who has a special affinity with animals—who traveled to the United States to enact a symbolic reconciliation between modern American society, the natural world, and Native American culture.

Born on May 12, 1921 in Krefield, Germany, Beuys fought in World War II and was injured in a plane crash in 1943, an experience that would feature heavily in his future artistic practice. Beuys died January 23, 1986 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the age of 64. His works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Hamburger Banhof in Berlin, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, among others.

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WU TSANG

Wildness, 2012
HD color video with sound
74:00 minutes
Spanish and English with subtitles

Wildness is an award-winning documentary about the Silver Platter, a historic bar that is a home to Latina and immigrant transgender communities in Los Angeles.

With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party, which explodes into creativity and conflict. At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations. Wildness world-premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and won Best Documentary at Outfest Los Angeles.

Screenings include 2012 Whitney Biennial, South by Southwest, HOT DOCS Toronto, and SANFIC Santiago, amongst numerous other museums and festivals worldwide.


EUGENE JARECKI

The King, 2018

Promised Land
Short Film
06:00 minutes
Created by Eugene Jarecki
Co-Creators: Alex Bingham, Georgina Hill, Laura Israel
Produced by Andrew McLain

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.

From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here.

A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.


Promised Land is a 6-minute, 15,000-mile kaleidoscopic journey, shot in 4K digital video while crossing the USA in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce. Created by acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki in conjunction with his 2018 motion picture The King, Promised Land gathers into one fluid mosaic national, folkloric, and ideologic fragments, seeking through montage and juxtaposition to penetrate the soul of America at a critical juncture in the nation’s history.


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