Video Art Program[The 36th Program] Jonathas de Andrade


Pacifico (Pacific), 2010, Super 8 in DVD, 12min.

This film starts with an animation sets an initial tone through a paper and styrofoam constructed environment. The extraordinary earthquake that sets Chile loose: free from the vast terrain that conforms the South American continent. In this fictional scenario, the earthquake means a metaphor to resolve conflicts of the borders.

The artist’s intention is to approach and to understand the construction of truth through specific episodes in the history of different Latin American countries. He is questioning the validity or trustworthiness of a document and/or political artifice by revising a series of apparently unresolved historical and contemporary scenarios.

In 1904, Chile and Bolivia signed a peace treaty in hopes to end their long-term conflict, yet Bolivia lost a vast of their coast and land. Under such fictitious and alternate scenario, far from the preceding social and political chaos that is referenced, Chile becomes a peaceful island drifting along the Pacific, and Bolivia gains access once again to the coast that they so much yearned for.

Guest curator: Daniela Pérez (Independent Curator/ Mexico City)

Jonathas de Andrade:
Born in 1982 in Maceió, Brazil. De Andrade studied Social communication at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He has shown his works in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Lissabon (2013) , the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (2013) and group exhibitions including the Istanbul Biennial(2011) , the New Museum Triennial(2012) and the Lyon Biennal(2013). He received the Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize(2012).