And what it became is not what it is now

6 Sep 2019 – 9 Nov 2019

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Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5pm.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


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And what it became is not what it is now, is a reflection of wandering dialogues between people, practices and languages, beginning in studio visits with 3 Latin American artists – Joaquín Aras, María Agustina Fernández Raggio and Paola Monzillo.


Showing in the UK for the first time, the exhibition presents Entre recuerdos & remakes – Ejercicio de Memoria (2018) by Joaquín Aras, Cinco Retratos Digitales (2016) by María Agustina Fernández Raggio and El Cuerpo alegorico de America (2017) by Paola Monzillo. 

Entre recuerdos & remakes is a long term body of research centred on the history of Latin American cinema and the complexity of cultural memory in Argentina. Navigating the logic of distribution networks, associated patterns of translation and also archival practices, Arassearches for lost films, soundtracks and casts to explore the ways in which narrative experiences or events can unearth, interrupt and remake film histories.

Cinco Retratos Digitales is a five-channel video made in the homes, gardens and offices of the last five presidents of Uruguay, the individuals in power following the end of the civic-military dictatorship in 1985.

El Cuerpo alegorico de America is a series of drawings based on engravings of the Americas distributed throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries during colonial expansion and imperialism. The engravings formed part of a growing body of materials which mapped the Americas in relation to the beliefs and values within Europe at that time. Monzillo works from three engravings, copying the detail in its minutiae, but leaving blank the space once occupied by the human body.

The publication and public programme will include contributions from Federica Bueti, Jen Calleja, Paul Eastwood, Kim McAleese, Helen Nisbit, Lorraine Ryan and Sophie Williamson. 

This project is curated by Louise Hobson and supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo and British Council Uruguay. Graphic design by Cecilia Serefini. 

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Louise Hobson

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Paola Monzillo

María Agustina Fernández Raggio

Joaquín Aras

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