We are delighted to revive our program after this long break. The Babylon theater has promised to take all necessary hygienic measures to protect you and us.
We start with the wonderful Eli Cortinas showing:
WALLS HAVE FEELINGS, 2019, single channel video, 13 min.
THE EXCITEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, 2019, two channel video, 7 min.
THE MOST GIVEN OF GIVENS, 2016, three channel video, 11 min.
PERFIDIA, 2012, single channel video, 2 min.
QUELLA CHE CAMMINA, 2014, single channel video, 10 min.
DIAL M FOR MOTHER, 2008, two channel video, 12 min.
Cortiñas’ artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing cinema to de- and reconstruct identities as well as narratives according to new discourses. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies. She finds material and inspiration in contemporary telenovelas, GDR feature films, Italian Neorealism, youtube videos, popular imagery, series, animation, stock footage markets and her owned filmed archives. She’s been reviewing the role assigned to women through film and other media, focusing lately in the representation of female power and rituals of contemporary witch hunting in close relation to practices of extrativism and capitalist enterprises. An often misleading construction of western-imagery through Hollywood ethnography juxtapose to the genesis of African film, alongside a critical investigation around necropolitical praxis and the mediatic representation of death resulting from war and migration have been the focus of her artistic research and production of the last years.
Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES) in 1979. She was guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel (DE) and the Art Academy Mainz (DE) and she has currently a shared professorship with artist Candice Breitz at the HBK Braunschweig (DE). Cortiñas has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including the Fundación Botín, the Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Kunstfonds, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert Residency, Villa Massimo and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at museums such as Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle Budapest, Centre Georges Pompidou, CAC Vilnius, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, SAVVY Contemporary, Museum Marta Herford, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Museum of Modern Art Moscow, Kunstmuseum Bonn and MUSAC et al., as well as in international venues and festivals such as the Riga Biennale, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Mardin Biennale, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Curtas Vila Do Conde and Nashville Film Festival. She lives and works in Berlin.