|“BEATRIZ SANTIAGO MUÑOZ: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors” |
(Image: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 'La Cueva Negra' HD video, 2013)
January 11–May 15, 2017 at El Museo del Barrio
Event Description: “El Museo del Barrio announces the exhibition 'A Universe of Fragile Mirrors,' a solo exhibition on the work of Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz (b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in San Juan). The exhibition is organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and curated by María Elena Ortiz. Through a series of films and videos, 'A Universe of Fragile Mirrors' captures the ironies of post-colonial conditions in the Caribbean—specifically in Haiti and Puerto Rico. Focusing on indigenous cosmologies, post-military spaces, and syncretic religions from the Caribbean, Santiago Muñoz borrows techniques from performance, film, visual ethnography, and anthropology, to document specific communities and public sites in order to generate her own bricolage - an alternative story about a popular Haitian market, or a newly discovered archeological site in Puerto Rico. The exhibit will consist of films on continuous play, portraying Santiago Muñoz’s own interpretation of the realities in Haiti and Puerto Rico. Influenced by experimental cinema, she relies on observational research to generate non-linear narratives that challenge the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Santiago Muñoz’s characters are not professional actors, but instead everyday people who have direct experiences with the sites portrayed in her works ... 'Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors' is the third exhibition of El Museo’s five-year series highlighting Latina artists.” — Read more: El Museo del Barrio-A Universe of Fragile Mirrors and El Museo del Barrio-Facebook
About the Artist: “Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work combines aspects of ethnography and theater to create film and video projects that have touched on subjects including anarchist communities, the relationship between artwork and work, and post-military land ... The result[s] [represent] daily events and life on the islands through an audiovisual language. Each video carries its own story and speaks to daily life and the traditional myths ingrained in Caribbean culture ... Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, Galería Kurimanzutto, and the Guggenheim Museum ... ” — Read more: El Museo del Barrio-A Universe of Fragile Mirrors and Wikipedia-Beatriz Santiago MuñozFor further information: El Museo del Barrio, El Museo del Barrio-Facebook and El Museo del Barrio-Twitter.
La Cueva Negra, 2013 (Excerpt) from Beatriz Santiago Muñoz on Vimeo.