Department of Anthropology

Fiamma Montezemolo: Traces screening

Sun, February 16, 2014 | Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress Ave.)

6:30 PM

Fiamma Montezemolo: Traces screening

Traces by Fiamma Montezemolo
20 min / digital / sound / 2013
In this video essay contemplative images, confessions, theoretical reflections and an enigmatic subject of electronic music are fused to form a meditation on life border between the U.S. and Mexico. Based on years of ethnographic work in Tijuana and ascetic 24-hour schedule, artist and anthropologist refracts his own experience in the region to try to carve out a living and textured portrait of the wall separating Tijuana and San Diego. These are images of a rusty wall, topography rebel surveillance structures decaying, furtive moments of undocumented migrants crossing dystopic landscapes.

In addition to Montezemolo’s Traces we will be showing two experimental shorts by by San Diego and Tijuana-based artist Sergio de la Torre.

We The Dust, The Wind by Sergio de la Torre
8 min / digital / sound / 2013
Based on Julio Cortazar’s short story “La Casa Tomada”, the film tells the story of a group of young Chinese immigrants who, for some years, lived in an abandoned building in a defunct public housing block in downtown Tijuana, Mexico.

Nuevo Dragon City by Sergio de la Torre
14 min / digital / sound / 2008
A group of Chinese Mexican teenagers barricade themselves inside an abandoned building in Tijuana, Mexico. As the outside world is closed off and they sit entrapped, their surroundings and actions become a powerful commentary on their own social existence. Nuevo Dragon City has shown in multiple international film festivals such as the 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Nuevo Dragon City has also been well received in art venues, such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Belgium and the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico.

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