GAMeC continues its participation in Artists’ Film International, the prestigious network dedicated to video art, created in 2008 at the initiative of the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The network includes some of the most important contemporary art institutions internationally – currently more than twenty – as well as artists from all over the world.

This thirteenth edition of the event will also continue the format adopted last year, when museums and institutions, closed due to the pandemic, promoted the selected videoworks online through their websites and social channels.
However, the 2021 edition of the exhibition will be hybrid, and thus will also allow, where possible, the public to view the various exhibition realities around the world in person.

As usual, each institution was asked to nominate an artist from their country and to present their work through a video on the subject of the proposed theme, which for this edition is “Care”.

For GAMeC, the curators Sara Fumagalli and Valentina Gervasoni have selected the artist and filmmaker Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, 1982) with What Has Left Since We Left (2020), available at this link.
From 28 April to 23 May the work will be presented in GAMeC’s Spazio Zero.

Furthermore, from 15 April the GAMeC website will also host a selection of films offered by the other institutions taking part in the event: Whitechapel Gallery, London; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; Contemporary Art Centre – CAC, Vilnius; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires.

This week we present the works by Patty Chang and by Julia Sbriller & Joaquín Wall.

Patty Chang
Invocation for a Wandering Lake 1 & 2, 2016

Selected by Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas

The lifeless body of a whale floats off the coast of Newfoundland’s Fogo Islands, a former fishing hub. The artist Patty Chang is seen meditatively washing the deceased animal. With similar attention, she scrubs the shell of an abandoned ship in the desert of Muynak, Uzbekistan, a defunct seaport on the receded Aral Sea. These repetitive acts seem almost absurd and unnecessary, as these entities could never return to life. Nevertheless, she continues to perform rituals of care, perhaps as a way to process their fateful ends.

Over the last year, we collectively experienced extreme loss due to the ongoing pandemic. If we are to create new ways of living, perhaps we first need to practice ways of mourning, mending, and contemplating through rituals of care, as the film suggests.

Julia Sbriller & Joaquín Wall, in collaboration with Roco Corbould
Torontoides, 2020

Selected by Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires

Torontoides wonders on how to travel through an inner passage of the Earth, defying the laws of gravity and matter so far known, in order to unite the opposite poles of the planet to through an intraterrestrial channel. In the piece, a group of people jump into the unknown, entrusting their lives to the rest of the team.

Biographical Notes

Patty Chang (b. 1972) is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator who uses performance, video, installation, and narrative forms when considering identity, gender, transnationalism, colonial legacies, the environment, large-scale infrastructure projects, and impacted subjectivities. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; New Museum, New York; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; BAK, Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, England; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Times Museum in Guangzhou, China; and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has received a United States Artist Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant; short listed for the Hugo Boss Prize, a Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. She teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Julia Sbriller (b. 1986) & Joaquín Wall (b. 1986) are a multidisciplinary duo based in Argentina. Their work, essentially hybrid and experimental, draws on a variety of mediums, including performance, architecture, sculpture, choreography, video and installation. Their work has been exhibited in Swab Barcelona Art Fair (ES), Buenos Aires Photo (AR), Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (AR), Munar Arte, Buenos Aires (AR), Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario (CA), Bendita Tu Fest, Barcelona (ES).