ALEXANDRA GELIS / Markings and Traces
The works in this program are illustrations of the multiple perspectives and multiple forms of doing in Alexandra’s artistic practice when she uses film or video. They marks and traces left by bodies, political subjects entangled in psycogeographic explorations. Encounters that become events, events that become fragments that subvert the proper and the improper ways of experimenting with moving images and sound. For more about Alexandra’s work visit: www.alexandragelis.com
9 SHORT FILMS
English for Beginners
The beginning, the first border crossing, the first video made after the artist’s move to Canada. Language, country, identity. It is composed in three frames, an echo of the Canadian flag. The speaking face is also divided, cut in half by the landscape that pours into the new wound of identity.
2009, Canada | 2min. 30s.
A masterpiece of multi-screen bodily decomposition, Borders offers a nine-screen collective portrait, made entirely out of photographs. Inviting six of her queer feminist housemates who identified as women for a suite of portrait sessions, the artist pictures the borders of skin, and by recombining them into a grid creates an always shifting composite body that floats between genders. The soundtrack is created out of the spaces between words, the beginnings of sentences, the pauses and hesitations, where the unconscious lives.
2009, Canada | 3min. 13s.
The body as an immanent part of the landscape. About tenderness and innocence.
Casiteros is an observational video introducing Pachito and his kitten. They both live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood called El Bosque (The Woods) in Cartagena, Colombia. In Pachito’s house, there are approximately 150 roosters bred for cockfighting that sing in unison each morning. The work deals with tenderness, vulnerability, and innocence and hidden traumas. I was compelled to make this video when I learned that Panchito is a victim of sexual abuse, a common and known by everyone where younger boys have to have sex with older boys to get protection. Casiteros, makes reference to the young boys that plays to make little houses as part of the dynamic.