For this first edition of 2021, we have the great pleasure of presenting a program of four films and a conversation between Franci Durán and Anto Astudillo.
The artists chose the films in this program and, between image and text, they generated a dialogue between the politics and aesthetics of the image. Franci and Anto, both of Chilean provenance but living and working in North America, delve into a conversation in which they discuss a wide range of topics – from their filmmaking processes and their shared position as exiled artists, to Anto's encounters with Pina Bausch when she toured in Chile and Franci's preference for plant-based photochemical film processing.
Through images of bullfights in the early post-franco Spain, or of the traces of bullet holes fired in 1973 – that remain today in the neighboring walls of the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago –, Franci and Anto's program invites us to consider as much about their films' processes and forms as it does about memory and time; observing, questioning, coming to terms with, and processing the ideas – and, often, the violence – ingrained in the materiality of our past, present, and future.
"...You begin the film with the phrase 'Transforming is what art does'. Art transforms matter and turns it into something else. The transformed image that you achieve in the film did not start from scratch. It has a past, a history; in this case a deep one, which is subjectively unearthed through poetry, framing and reframing..."
You can read the full conversation and watch the films on this page.
Available until April 1st
- TEMPLE ISLAND by Anto Astudillo / 2020 / 7:05 min / 16mm-to-digital
- SUIT OF LIGHTS by Franci Duran / 2018 / 18 min/ 16mm y HD/ Canada
- GOLPES by Anto Astudillo / 2020 / 7 min/ 16mm
- IT MATTERS WHAT by Franci Duran / 2019 / 9 min/ 16mm y HD/ Canada