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Elena López Riera. Those Who Desire

31 Mar 2019 – 2 Jun 2019


New York
New York, United States


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  • Take the Q67 to Jackson and 46th Aves. Take the B62 to 46th Ave
  • Train - E, M, G and 7

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The films of Elena López Riera intermingle observational documentary, essayistic work, and filmic portraiture. The artist’s poetic representations of individuals and settings are highly specific to her native coastal Southern Spain, yet also serve as microcosms that represent social and cultural phenomena resonating the world over.

Los que desean (Those who desire) (2018) chronicles Valencia’s colombicultura of Valencia, an exclusively male subculture devoted to raising and training homing pigeons, or palomas, for competition. The film depicts a paloma race in the artist’s hometown, for which the trainers brightly paint and decorate their birds. The winner of this special competition is not the fastest bird, but the male pigeon who is able to chase and “conquer” a single female bird. The artist’s film is a portrait not just of the animal world, but also the the men who train these birds, exploring the cultural mores and codes of masculinity that structure the colombicultura and also the community at large. Los que desean dissects notions of identity, sexuality and the social project of collectively constructing and fostering contemporary gender identities.

Exhibiting artists

Elena López Riera


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