As a covert agent in an undercover operation, Jaque Jolene’s surreal existence takes an exciting turn as she stars in the video Minada. In it she chases her own diffuse direction of identity in a trailer for a movie that does not exist.
Minada was produced during Jaque and Márcia Beatriz Granero’s Residency at Paço das Artes (2015-São Paulo, Brazil). It represents the last documentation of this institution when it occupied the entrance hall of the brutalist skeleton of a never finished public building designed and erected in the 1970s inside São Paulo’s Cidade Universitária (State University campus), for the purpose of, someday, housing a huge cultural institution.
The video also features the head office of Instituto Butantan, a biological research centre affiliated with the São Paulo State Secretariat of Health and housed in various buildings in the Butantã neighbourhood. This latter institution has, today, the right to use the building but, lacking funds for its revitalisation, keeps it empty and unused. Like the fatality that haunted Jaque Jolene in Minada, this cultural space was turned into a vaccine production facility in order, allegedly, to control an outbreak of dengue fever.
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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 @
*VideoArt Miden, ForkiaNou Art Space, curated by Margarita Stavraki, June 2018 (Athens, Greece).
*Fragments of Story, Archaeological Museum of Messenia, curated by Gioula Papadopoulou and Margarita Stavraki, July, 2018 (Kalamata, Greece).
*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).
*Festival International Creatividad, Innovación y Cultura Digital, Espacio Enter, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, curated by Montse Arbelo y Joseba Franco, August 2017 (Isla Canarias).
*Temporada de Projetos, Paço das Artes, curated by Priscila Arantes, july – september 2015 (São Paulo, Brazil).
“Minada e os lugares de passagem” Text by Claudia Fazzolari, São Paulo Brazil 2015.
“Cláudia Fazzolari entrevista Márcia Beatriz e/ou Jaque Jolene“, São Paulo Brazil 2015.