CIRCUIT is pleased to announce that works by Peter Wareing and Mike Heynes will screen in Mexico as part of a five-day moving image festival in October, curated by Project Space Festival Juárez, following an invitation from festival director Gabriela Durán.
The 2023 edition is titled Y la Palabra Dividió y Explotó | And the Word Divided and Exploited and explores the Global North/South divide and neo-imperial relationships forged along those lines. The festival's title refers to the double meaning of the English translation of the Spanish word 'explotó', which can mean both 'exploited' and 'exploded'.
Says Durán: "The Global South is a place that is different, with the potential to suggest an alternative point of view. But this can only happen if the Global South dares to speak. What are the implications of the division between a global 'south' and a global 'north'? What or where is the potential hidden within it?"
The festival is a five-day event held in domestic spaces around the city. Every evening, a different programme—screenings of short films, a single long film, video installations or performance works—will be presented in a different home. Works by Heynes and Wareing will screen on 10 and 12 October respectively.
10 October: Neoliberal Machinery presents three video works by Mike Haynes: In the Shadow of Wellywood (2021) depicts how dreams of movie stardom turn to nightmares; News of the Uruguay Round (2016/2021) critiques the economic and political influence of Hollywood on national cinema in Aotearoa; and Thanks TPPA (2016) is about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a free trade agreement designed to liberalise trade and investment between 12 Pacific Rim countries, including New Zealand and Mexico. An installation of cellphone junk by Alanis Zuñiga reflects upon technology as omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, while docile human figures willingly give up their power to receive the pleasures of the machine.
12 October: image/value
This collection of works by Hito Steyerl, Sondra Perry, Peter Wareing and Lior Shamriz revolves around the relationship between images and the value that is attached to them. An examination of labour in gallery exhibitions; the story of a 1800s photograph that is re-used in contradicting contexts; and the struggle to maintain control over ones’ images—these works aim to excavate a concealed value in the image.
For the full programme, please see the festival website.
About Project Space Festival Juárez
Project Space Festival Juárez was initiated in 2016 and ran annually until 2019. The most recent in-person edition in 2019 included works by Harun Farocki, John Greyson, Basma AlSharif and guest curations by SpaceOne Gallery Seoul, Tokyo Interdisciplinary Art Festival, and Rez Festival Belgrade. The festival returns in 2023 following a pandemic-related hiatus.