Cycle of Guatemalan Film at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts

 

Tuesday, 29 August, 17.00–21.00 (premiere), Švicarija Creative Centre
Sunday, 8 August, 16.00–20.00 (repeat screening), Švicarija Creative Centre

Free of charge.

The cycle of eight documentary, fiction and short films shows three views of the turbulent history of Guatemala: The period of the Civil War, the postwar period and the experimental age of Guatemalan film. The selector of the cycle is Alberto Rodríguez Collía, a participating artist in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Film evening programme
Mary Ellen Davis: The Devil's Dream (Las quimeras del Diablo)
Luis Argeta: Guatemalan Christmas (Navidad Guatemalteca)
Diego Sagastume: My Mom Rules
Evelyn Price in Loco González: Anatomically Correct (Anatómicamente correcto)
Julio Hernández Cordón: Dust (Polvo)                      
Teatro de los Vagos: The Intertidal Zone (La zona intertidal)
Juan Brenner in Byron Mármol: Joy Vincio
Carlos Amorales: Orellana's Fantasy

The viewing of the films is free of charge. There is one break with refreshments during the cycle.

 

THE DEVIL'S DREAM
Mary Ellen Davis
, Canada, 1992, 68'
Combining lyricism, realism and irony, this documentary explores the soul of this paradoxical country. We discover not only the beauty of the landscape, the people and their creative imagination, but also the wretched conditions of life, the spectre of violence and a pervasive sense of the absurd.
Guatemala is a society split between native and non-native, rich and poor, civil and military. Those who dare to protest, risk their lives. In this documentary, the people tell the story in their own words.

GUATEMALAN CHRISTMAS
Luis Argeta, Guatemala
, USA, 1976, 4'
In the middle of a house in ruins after the earthquake trembled, two women are preparing a ritual by killing a turkey. They proceed to serve its blood while we hear that a typewriter machine sound converts into a machine gun firing.

MY MOM RULES
Diego Sagastume
, Guatemala, 2010, 13'
On a flat roof, a bored child wanders completely alone, lurking for anything that may be a source of entertainment. Anything will work to kill the time in an almost desperate loneliness driven by abandon.

ANATOMICALLY CORRECT
Evelyn Price and Loco González
, Guatemala, 2016, 12'
This is a video that captures a non traditional theatre play that was performed in an abandoned house. Among the rubble, a woman erupts with a visceral monologue, crawls up the walls, slides on the floor trying to relieve herself of the pressure from a complicated existence lead by an oppressive society.

DUST
Julio Hernández Cordón
, Guatemala, Spain, Chile, Germany, 2012, 80'
A married couple produce a documentary about women looking for their husbands and fathers who disappeared during the Guatemalan Civil War. Amongst them, they meet Delfina and her son Juan. After sixteen years, the woman continues to search for her husband. The ghost of Juan's disappeared father chases him constantly, until he finds himself in danger of his own life and those of others.

THE INTERTIDAL ZONE
Teatro de los Vagos
, Guatemala, Salvador, 1980, 15'
A compromised teacher encourages his students to stand for what they believe in. We follow the courageous teacher in the period during the protests as he chats after class or grades students' papers alone in his quiet house. He lives close to the ocean, where the low tide sometimes reveals sombre surprises.

JOY VINCIO
Juan Brenner and Byron Mármol
, Guatemala, 2011, 14'
Through an intricate, complex and stylish perception, ten stories from the 1990s in Guatemala are reinterpreted. Some stories had a profound impact on a generation, others, on just a single person. Teenage sex tapes, an aristocrat murderer, or a magician hiding his sexual preferences to his family, are among the stories.

ORELLANA'S FANTASY
Carlos Amorales
, Mexico, 2013, 6'
Joaquín Orellana is a contemporary musician, his work spans for more than 50 years. He is renowned for creating very singular instruments that require a precise way of performing on them. He also had to create a new way of writing and reading music, a new method needed for a correct interpretation of his music. The vigorous and simplistic traces of this new alphabet, combined with its performance, remind of a beautiful choreographed dance.

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At the end of the biennale

The 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts, Iskra Delta, came to a successful close on Sunday. In 72 days, 22 events took place, 4 prizes were awarded, and 57 artists and a great number of speakers participated in imagining the future. We extend our sincere thanks to all participants, curators, organisers, supporters and visitors.

The Biennale, which we launched at the beginning of the pandemic, was originally conceived as a production, presentation and theory platform for cross-genre creators of the Millennial and Zoomer generation, who are finding their way in the subterrain of the cyber world. The splitting of reality and the dissolution of linear causal temporality through the internet and rapid technological progress have opened up the possibility of receiving messages from other worlds and timelines, which artists, musicians, curators, writers, designers and other agents have woven into a world-building mission, creating scenarios for the future and reimagining the present.

Nascent: Temporal Secessionism, project presentation and Marathon guided tour

Sunday, 21 November, at 11.00
TR3 Gallery

Join us on the last Bienale day at the presentation of the artist duo Nascent and their project Temporal Secessionism. 
The presentation will be followed by the final marathon guided tour of ISKRA DELTA: The 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts with its curator Tjaša Pogačar and assistant curator Lara Mejač.

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Photo: Klemen Ilovar. MGLC Archive.

The award recipients of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts

The International Jury consisting of Lovro Japundžić, Jen Kratochvil, Sam Lackey and Poka-Yio decided that the Grand Prix of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts goes to Johannes Paul Raether.
The Jury presented the Research Residency Award to Mario Mu, who also received the Audience Award, and a Special Mention from the Jury went to the BCAA System collective.

Congratulations to all the prize winners of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts!