White Flag Stuck in a Strong Wood
This program focuses on audiovisual experimentalism in Recife, one of the oldest and most prolific centers in Brazil. Its main focus is the work of Paulo Bruscky, a multimedia artist and a pioneer on several Brazilian fronts, including video art, since the late 1970s. His works on Super 8, video and U-Matic are experiences in the language of film, humorous comments on the issue of representation in art and the city as ‘objet trouvé’. Just as it happened worldwide, the initial production of video art brought a new full breath of experimentation for audiovisual language, which was beginning to crystallize due to its commercial appeal. In this sense, it is interesting to note that this was one of the moments of great fertility for the audiovisual, in which filmmakers and visual artists converged attention and energy towards the expansion of the aesthetic possibilities of the moving image. The program is a counterpoint to the current moment, in which film production in Pernambuco gains a new national density and importance, and the language exchanges once again occur in an intense way, while bringing new questions of form and content. The chosen artists emerged in the first decade of the 2000s in Recife and, in addition to merging the frontiers of the fields of cinema and the visual arts, forcefully problematize and internationalize local political issues such as the right to the city, and the struggle of social groups for visibility beyond the clichés of identity.