Online video forum I (Original> en)

Monday 19 April – Wednesday 21 April

»Dreams, Phantasmagoria and Memories of the Anti-Epic in Latin America« Gustavo Artigas and Grace Passô

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 the museum website and each block will be commented by the programme’s curator: Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante (AG/team museo de la democracia).

museo de la democracia: Video Forum (I) from nGbK Berlin on Vimeo.

Site-specific intervention / Panama City History Museum
Video, 02‘44‘‘

“Untitled” was carried out by Mexican artist Gustavo Artigas in collaboration with the fire department of the Panamanian capital. The work consisted of filling the Municipal Palace with smoke, which houses a little-known Museum of History whose collection includes the country’s Act of Independence. The reactions of passers-by range from total indifference to sobs and screams. They thus respond from their cultural memory to an event repeated in multiple points of the map and the history of Panama City, founded in 1519 and for centuries one of the main ports for Europe and the Americas.

Gustavo Artigas. Mexico City, 1970

Over the last 25 years, Artigas has experimented with different media and visual art modalities such as Sound Art, Site Specific Installations, Performance Art, Relational works, educational platforms, light pieces and painting. Some of the most recognizable Some of the most recognizable works by Artigas relate ludic structures to disaster situations. His work dialogues with a with a wide variety of issues, from the political to the social identities and became part of the booming group of contemporary Mexican artists that emerged in the 90´s and made an important impact in the international art scene. Artigas’ vision took his work to the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial, the Havana Biennial and other important international art forums. Gustavo Artigas, born in Mexico City in 1970, lives and works in Mexico City and Toronto, Canada.


Programa Convida: Grace Passô from IMS – Instituto Moreira Salles on Vimeo.

Director / Writer & Actress: Grace Passô
Cinematographer / Sound / Editing: Wilssa Esser
Color Correction: Bruno Schiavon
Country: Brazil
Gender: Fiction
Link: Instituto Moreira Salles (Brazil), Programa Convida: Grace Passô (2020)

Brazil, 2020. The pandemic brandishes the extent of the necropolitics operating in the country and its society goes through a crisis of ethics amidst a government which is the exact expression of colonialist power. República is a short film made at home, with a domestic structure, at the beginning of the 2020 quarantine, at downtown São Paulo, Brazil.

Grace Passô – Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1980

Grace Passô, born in 1980 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is a director, playwright, and actress. She works in partnership with artists and theater companies. As a playwright, her texts have been published in French, Spanish, Mandarin, English, and Polish. For her acting achievements – in theater as well as in film – the artist has received several awards. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.