We are thrilled to announce that our exhibitions, which YOU made possible, will be opening next week at UT Austin’s Visual Arts Center: Moving Mountains: Extractive Landscapes of Peru by Edi Hirose and Nancy La Rosa curated by Dorota Biczel and Tania Mouraud: Everyday Ogres curated by Allison Myers.
Please join us for a celebratory drink and conversation during the VAC’s Fall 2016 Season Opening Reception on Friday, September 23, 6-8 pm. Artists Nancy La Rosa and Tania Mouraud will be in attendance.
Preparations for these shows kept us very busy over the summer!
For an adventurous week in June, Allison and Tania drove around the gulf coast, filming oil refineries along the Houston Ship Channel and in Port Arthur. The biggest lesson they learned: it’s easier to film military bases than oil refineries. Because of national security concerns, police and even vigilant citizens stopped them continuously while they tried to film. Out of sheer luck, they were able to complete the project due to the kindness of their hotel managers, whose roof happened to look over a nearby refinery.
In early August, Dorota traveled to Lima for a week to oversee packing of Edi’s and Nancy’s works on paper and personally transport them to Texas. The highlight of her trip was becoming intimately familiar with the intricacies of Peruvian customs regulations – which are labyrinthine in order to protect against smugglers. Since the country is very concerned about the illegal removal of its pre-Colombian patrimony, exportation of any work of art from Peru requires one to complete a labyrinthine permitting process. After five days of visits to the Ministry of Culture, however, she was successful!
We are thrilled to see these projects come to fruition and delighted to be able to share them with you. For those of you who can’t make it next Friday, both shows will be up at the VAC until December 10.
Also, mark your calendars for the associated public programs:
Sunday, Sept. 25, Rice Cinema, Houston
For those in Houston, Tania Mouraud will present a screening of her video works followed by a roundtable conversation with professors from Rice University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences.
Thursday, Oct 13, UT Art Building, Rm. 1.102
The haunting and mysterious film ELDORADO XXI by Salomé Lamas (2016, 125 mins) is shot at La Rinconada—a gold-mining city situated over 5,000 meters high. It is a parafictional attempt to combine a sensory ethnographic approach with critical media practices.
Tuesday, Oct 25, VAC Courtyard
The Houston-based experimental sound group New Factories will perform in conjunction with Everyday Ogres, using field recordings taken from the Houston Ship Channel.
Thursday, Nov 10, UT Art Building, Rm. 1.102
The award-winning Peruvian film Daughter of the Lake (Hija de la laguna) by Ernesto Cabellos Damián (2015, 87 mins) tells the story from the height of the Peruvian gold rush. This compelling documentary illuminates the life-and-death struggle that results from the conflict between the interests of foreign industry and local peoples.
Please reach out to us if you would like to talk more about the exhibitions.
We look forward to seeing you at the opening or at one of our many events!
Yours, Allison and Dorota