Closer to the Border, curated by Tainá Azeredo

  • arteBA - Open Forum 2704 Avenida Sarmiento Buenos Aires, CABA, C1425 Argentina

SUNDAY, MAY 22 – 4PM. CPR Film Festival
Closer to the Border, Curated by Tainá Azeredo (Brazil)

A selection of six films address the limits by which structures, language, values, policies, stories, desires and traumas are defined. Azeredo, a participant in CPR 2015: Eastern and Northern Europe, was invited to curate this Film Festival for the 25th anniversary edition of arteBA. Artists: Jaan Toomik (Estonia); Axel Straschnoy (Finland / Argentina); Regina Parra (Brazil); Marge Monko (Estonia); Minna Långström (Finland). Moderated by Jorgelina Dacil Infer, Director of Development. Presented by Carmen Ferreyra, CPR Director. With the support of Fundación Iberoamericana de Finlandia.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 – 5PM                 First screening
SUNDAY, MAY 22 – 6.30PM            Second screening

MAS CERCA DEL BORDE (CLOSER TO THE BORDER) 
The experience of traveling, the moving across the boundaries, the innumerable invisible lines that define what is on that or the other side. Más Cerca del Borde (Closer to the Border) takes the shape of a film cycle that touches marginal issues, and It's here, at this border where structures, languages, conducts, politics, histories, dreams and traumas are defined. The sequence of videos translates the impossibility of staying in both sides of the line at the same time. The complexity of this action of passing from one side to the other is hard to identify just with the eyes, which cannot escape from the fact that they are looking from the inside out. There is no center; the line is invisible to whom is trying to see it, but extremely real for those who are in one or the other side.
The fragility of the boundaries is elucidated here as the long inlet in the Baltic Sea, that gets frozen during winter time and keeps the most thin and dangerous ice just in the middle. The video that opens the screening, Father and Son, by the Estonian artist Jaan Toomik, shows the artist using only ice skates, moving around the great frozen canal that separates Estonia and Finland, dancing over the border, while his 10 years old son follows him singing a religious chant. The artist keeps skating until disappearing on the horizon, in the abyssal limit where the ice is fragile and breakable.
The movie by the Argentinian artist Axel Straschnoy, La Figure de la Terre, is based on the homonymous book wrote by the French scientist Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, that describes the scientific expedition conducted by him in 1736 through the River Tornio Valley to prove the real shape of the Earth. On the film, 19th century and contemporary elements are placed in parallel, bringing different aspects that cross themselves geographically and temporally.
A Brazilian visual artist, Regina Parra, is also invited to the film festival, with the video 7.536 steps (for a geography of proximity) where she records her walking itinerary with a radio turned on in her hand, from a central region of São Paulo to a poorest neighborhood in the city. In her way it’s possible to perceive a strong presence of the Bolivian community, trying to survive in the city with their work and using pirate radio stations to communicate. The artist crosses a territory without visible demarcations, but sinuously and entangled by languages and border cultures.
Two other works participate in the show Más Cerca del Borde. RED DAWN (PUNANE KOIT) by Marge Monko (Estonia), that documents the reconstruction of a sign letter from an old factory in a rooftop of a building, with the Estonian sea at the back; and THE LINE - Four Projections by Minna Långström (Finland) that suggests the mythic frontier and the construction of different personifications of the woman figure from an imaginary border, most of the time based in male projections.
Finally, Más Cerca del Borde, permits to comprehend a multiple relationship approach, between demarcation lines of spaces and individuals; scientific and mythic knowledge; the history and the delusion.

Tainá Azeredo

Axel Straschnoy, La Figure de la Terre, 2015, 23'50"