Online video forum II (Original> en) 14h

When: Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 April 2021
Where: Link on this website, only these 3 days available

»Dreams, Phantasmagoria and Memories of the Anti-Epic in Latin America« Zoltan Kunckel and Fernando Llanos

This activity presents within the exhibition four borderline visions between fiction and reality that, as (apparently) playful correlates, highlight the performative aspect of the construction of national history, the fabrication of its foundational myths and the artificiality of the illusionism techniques that sustain them in the eyes of the people. The works will be made accessible for three days through this website and each block will be commented by the curator of the public program of the museum (Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante).

Exhumado [Exhumed]
From the “Patria” (Homeland) performance series in the city of Caracas
Video, 13’16”

Exhumado (Exhumed) examines the significance of the historical figure Simon Bolivar as an ubiquitous myth for South America into the present. On 20 August 2010, on the orders of the then President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, the remains of Simon Bolivar were exhumed from the National Pantheon in Caracas. It is celebrated with a ceremony televised throughout the country and hosted by the President of the Republic himself. Bolivar revives, he is not left to rest. Walk the avenue that bears his name, confront the statues erected in his image, wander in seas of content attributed to him to authenticate with his image the new Bolivarian ideals, misinterpreted and corrupted by realities alien to his history.

Zoltan Kunckel – Caracas, Venezuela, 1975
Lives and works in Berlin

Zoltan Kunckel is a visual artist from Venezuela. Studied photography and sculpture at the Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest, and Art in Context at the UdK Berlin. His works consist of sculptures, video, installation, photography and performance; they reflect on national and cultural identity, dealing with migration and the emergence of violent structures of power. He currently lives and works in Berlin.


Matria (trailer con subtítulos en ingles) from Fernando Llanos on Vimeo.

Feature film, documentary.
Mexico, 2014. 
HDV, 63 min.
Language: Spanish with English subtitles.
Writer, producer and director: Fernando Llanos 
Production director: José Nacif 
Cinematographers: Carlos Hidalgo AMC, Emiliano Rocha Minter, Fernando Llanos and Marcelo Castillo 
Editors: Roberto Bolado, Fernando Llanos and Jessica Herreman (Supervisor: Jorge García) 
Animation advisors: Simon Gerbaud, Esteban Azuela and Luis Morales 
Credits and titles: Alejandro Loera 
Producers: Eugenia Montiel and Mónica Avila (Associates), Danahe Krinis (online), José Nacif, Carlos Morales and Joaquín Burgos (Executives) 
Music: Juan Cirerol, Mi Reyna, Valentina, Lila Dows, Osiris Caballero, Omar Landa, Benjamin Shwartz, Jessica Herreman, etc. 
Music Supervisor: Annette Fradera 
Sound Design: Javier Umpierrez 
Musicalisation: Javier Umpierrez, Benjamin Shwartz, Jessica Herreman and Fernando Llanos 
Sound engineers: Raul Locatelli, Gerson Escudero, Alejandro Quintanilla y Victor Navarro 
Advisors: Guillermo Arriaga, Felipe Ehrenberg, Jesse Lerner and Martha Sosa

Synopsis of the film:
My grandfather was a man from Tabasco who fought with Pancho Villa, became a master mason, deputy 3 times for Oaxaca and president of the National Association of Charros*. In 1942 he formed “La Legión de Guerrilleros Mexicanos” (“The Legion of Mexican Fighters”), a group of 100,000 charros who trained to repel a possible Nazi invasion of Mexico. The success story they told about him harboured a secret that affected my family and that I discovered in the making of this documentary.

*A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originating in the central regions

Text about the project:
I had been told many things about my grandfather Antolín Jiménez during my childhood. They always mentioned that he had been very successful but never said why; they commented that he had made a lot of money but omitted the how. His figure always had a halo of admiration, respect and mystery. This film tells my quest in an intimate and personal way to understand who my grandfather was, what he did and how this had an impact on my family and my country.
The idea of making a documentary was born four years ago when I discovered my grandfather’s personal archives: hundreds of photographs and press clippings where he appears in about twenty 8-millimetre film reels and dozens of slides. Given the density of information that I have accumulated during the development of the film project, and given my background as a multidisciplinary artist, the film is accompanied by an exhibition and a publication. The publication takes advantage of the more than fifty hours of interviews, which have been converted into 233 pages of transcription, in order to delve more deeply into the historical themes of the film, through the testimonies of specialists who have been consulted. It also includes several of the almost 700 digitised documents from the Antolín Jiménez archive.

Fernando Llanos –  Mexico City, Mexico, 1974
Lives and works in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

Fernando Llanos (Mexico City, 1974) is a Mexican experimental artist who works mainly with drawing and video. He is a writer, curator, producer, musician and teacher. His work has been presented at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Mercosul Biennial, the Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montreal, the CCCB in Barcelona, the World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam, the Transmediale in Berlin and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, among others; and is part of the collection of the MUAC (CDMX). He works with the Galería Freijo in Madrid. He has more than 20 publications that he has produced with the support of the JUMEX Foundation, TRILCE, the UAM and soon with Planeta. He invented and directed for four years ANIMASIVO, the most important Animation Festival in Mexico.
Matria (2014), his first feature film, won Best Documentary at FICM (2014) and a Diosa de Plata (2017). And with that film he broke the national record in 2020 for viewers of a film broadcast on open television in Mexico, with 345,000 people. 
He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in History at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, and is specialising in Mexican history, specifically that of the original peoples.

 *Complete CV: http://www.fllanos.com/curriculum.html