Jaque Jolene investigates a cultural space which used to be used by the pharmaceutical industry, taking with her medicinal plant juices and germinated seeds.
Lacuna was produced during Jaque and Márcia Beatriz Granero’s Residency at Instituto Tomie Ohtake (2016 – São Paulo, Brazil). It was recorded in two buildings that comprise the Complexo Aché Cultural. One of them, at the Villa Madalena neighbourhood in São Paulo-SP, was designed by Ruy Ohtake’s son and houses Instituto Tomie Ohtake, among other cultural institutions. The building is a white elephant (or, more appropriately, a pink one) resulting from a union between the cultural and pharmaceutical industries, and stands alone as the only construction of such magnitude in the surrounding area. The second building that features in the film is the head office of Complexo Aché Cultural in Guarulhos-SP. This was erected at a later date in an architectural style that curiously resembles the one at Villa Madalena. Such resemblance makes locations actually and symbolically indistinguishable as they are featured in Lacuna.
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Márcia Beatriz Granero is a Brazilian artist, independent producer and graduate of Belas Artes de São Paulo. Her projects explore the creation of a character, Jaque Jolene, recorded in videos and photographs. Jaque is the centre of the work, a fictional autobiographical entity who from time to time inhabits Márcia Beatriz Granero’s body. The artist collaborates with her creation in performative actions as they visit historic buildings where cultural institutions are established. These performances result in videos, photographs and installations. In them, cinematic language is explored not in order to undermine the fallacies of cinematic constructions but as a device for investigation and presentation of their surroundings. The videos have been screened and exhibited at over fifty festivals, such as: The Latino Video Art Festival of New York, Simultan Festival (Romania), Bideodromo Festival Internacional de Cine y Video Experimental (Spain), Oslo Screen International Video Art Festival (Norway), Fiva Festival Internacional de Videoarte (Argentina), International Video Festival Videomedeja (Serbia), Channels Video Art Festival (Australia), L’OEil d’Oodaaq (France), Miden Video Art Festival (Greece), Proyector Festival Internacional de Videoarte (Portugal and Italy).
Exhibited and Screened @
*FONLAD Video & Performance Art Festival, Museu da Água, curated by Jose Vieira, July 2018 (Coimbra, Portugal).
*Flow along surface, VideoArt Miden, curated by Nikos Podias, Archaeological Museum of Messenia, July 2018 (Kalamata, Greece).
*V Festival de Arte Contemporáneo ARTSUR curated by Ángel García Roldán, Centro Cívico Las Peceras, June 2018 (La Victoria, Andalucia, Spain).
*Topologies of an Ad Hoc Future, Produced by Darling Pearls & Co in partnership with A.L.I.S.N., Platforms Project Art Fair – Platform 3, curated by Alessandra Falbo, 17-20 May 2018 (Athens, Greece).
*9th Wordless International Short Film Festival, September 2017(simultaneously in Qazvin, Iran and Sydney, Australia).
*Women Media Art and Film Festival, Newington Armory Theatre and Tunnels, Olympic Park, September 2017 (Sydney, Australia).
*flEXiff Experimental International Film Festival, curated by Vahid Vahed, September 2017 (Sydney, Australia).
*Campus Festival, curated by Francesca Leoni, May 2017 (Forlí, Italy).
*Arte atual: Quadro, desquadro, requadro, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, curated by Olivia Ardui and Paulo Miyada, May 2016 (São Paulo, Brazil).
Among many many others 🙂
“Arte atual: Quadro, desquadro, requadro” Text by Paulo Miyada, São Paulo Brazil 2016.
“Luz, Câmera, Ação? Reflexões sobre o Arte Atual Festival” Text by Olivia Ardui. Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo Brazil 2016.