Online: Video-Forum III (Original, en subt.) 14h

»Sacrificial Zones« with films by Ana Alenso and Marilyn Boror Bor with VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín 

When: 10.-12.May 2021
Where: here, project website

The III Video Forum presents two artistic research projects within the exhibition that incorporate collective and collaborative reflections into the discursive framework of the museum’s ›Department of Opportunism and Opportunities‹, denouncing institutional violence, neo-extractivism, the relationship between bodies and authority, and histories written and overwritten in blood and iron. Of a playful-performance character (›Recipe: How to whiten your surnames? Recipe for changing indigenous surnames to westernised surnames‹ by Marilyn Boror Bor & VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín, 2021) and audiovisual-documentary (›Desviar la inercia | Diverting Inertia‹ by Ana Alenso, 2019), these works are grouped in this activity as landslides in a topography symbolically and materially eroded by the effect of oligarchic-colonial gravity.  

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).

Desviar la Inercia (Diverting inertia)
Video installation
Two digital videos of 12 min and 8 min.
Ana Alenso

Desviar la inercia (Diverting inertia) proposes an audiovisual and documentary journey through the landscapes of the copper and lithium mining industry in the Atacama Desert. Through interviews with different people from the spheres of social life and local political and environmental debate, it outlines the framework of a critical and resilient mass in the face of the ravages of extractivist practices in the region.

Ana Alenso  – Caracas, Venezuela, 1982
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Ana Alenso was born in Venezuela in 1982. In recent years she has developed a petrocultural imaginary in her work, exploring mostly through assemblage and installation new ways of rethinking the socio-economic and environmental consequences and issues related to the exploitation of natural resources. In 2015 she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Art in Context at the University of the Arts Berlin, in 2012 she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Media Art and Design at the Bauhaus University Weimar and in 2004 a diploma from the Universidad de Arte Armando Reverón in Venezuela. She recently obtained the Arbeitsstipendium from Kunstfonds Stiftung in Germany. In 2019, she completed a residency grant from the Goethe Institut and Proyecto Saco in Antofagasta, Chile. In 2018 she received a special mention from the Berlin Art Prize in Berlin and in 2017 she held an artistic research grant from the Berlin Senate Department. Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo exhibitions. 


Recipe: How to whiten your surnames? Recipe for changing indigenous surnames to westernised surnames
Video, 03’40”
Marilyn Boror Bor & VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín

Marilyn Boror Bor and VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín present a collaborative action to contextualise the mourning procession that will take place on Saturday 15 May 2021, in which a tombstone will be moved where the artist documents her change of indigenous name to one of Spanish descent.
In this teaser the Guatemalan artist narrates, in the form of a recipe, the steps one has to take in Guatemala to carry out this bureaucratic act. According to Boror, this practice, which prompted her work “Edicto cambio de nombre” (2018), is a “camouflage” to escape the discrimination and racism typical of the city.

Marilyn Boror Bor / Guatemala, 1984
Lives and works in Guatemala

Maya-Kaqchikel artist from San Juan Sacatepequez Guatemala, works in multiple media including photography, painting, printmaking, installation and performance. Her work has been presented in spaces such as Galerie im körnerpark Berlin Germany; Whitebox Munich, Germany; Sur Gallery, Toronto Canada; Galeria Muy, Mexico, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida de Guatemala; Museo Ixchel, Guatemala; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, California; Instituto de las Artes de la Imagen y el Espacio Venezuela; Centro Cultural de España de Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Centro Cultural Municipal AAI, Guatemala; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, El Salvador; Museo de Arqueología y Etnología de Guatemala; The 9. 99 Gallery Guatemala; Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo NUMU, Guatemala among others.

Winner of the Yaxs Artistic Research Grant 2017-2018; artist selected to participate in the XIX, XX and XXII Biennial of Art Paiz -Trans/visible-, -Ordinario-Extraordinario- and -Perdidos.En Medio.Juntos-, Guatemala 2014 and 2016 and 2021; the Biennial of the South “Pueblos en Resistencia” Caracas, Venezuela and the International Festival of the Arts FIA, Costa Rica.


VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín / Berlin, Germany

Migrant citizenship collective linked to the territory known as Guatemala and based in Berlin. We articulate ourselves politically in the foolish attempt to maintain a living memory of the events that mark this territory that is both distant and close at the same time, since, by transgressing borders, distances have become elastic for us. With different actions we seek to build bridges with (collectives in) Guatemala, as well as to strengthen a basis of solidarity from abroad with activists and artists in Germany, making visible the points that connect these spaces that we inhabit and inhabit.