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March 3-Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: Otros usos

Posted by | Ziva Schatz | Posted on | March 2, 2016

Thursday, March 3 | This week artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz kicks off our Spring 2016 season with a screening and discussion!

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, still from La Cueva Negra, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist

Puerto Rican artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (MFA 1997) draws from anthropology and experimental theater to craft exquisite films about the physical and symbolic histories of the Caribbean. She often collaborates with her subjects—through interviews, reenactment, and play—to uncover the ways the past lives on through the present and the spirit contends with both. Santiago Muñoz presents a selection of recent films shot in Puerto Rico and Haiti, including a portrait of the Orocovis homestead of eco-pioneer Pablo Díaz Cuadrado, who transforms the city’s trash into sustenance and shelter; an exploration of an ancient indigenous burial ground and recent highway site in Vega Baja; the post-military naval architecture of Vieques; and the busy open air Marché Salomon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In Spanish and French with English subtitles.

2012–15, Puerto Rico / Haiti, multiple formats, ca 70 min + discussion

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (San Juan, Puerto Rico) begins her projects through research into specific social structures or events, which she translates into collaborative performances, archives, and films. Recent exhibitions includeMATRULLA, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Mexico City) and Under the Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). She is a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Visual Arts Award. Her work isin the collections of the Guggenheim Museum and Bronx Museum. Santiago Muñoz is a cofounder of Beta-Local, an arts organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her MFA from SAIC in 1997.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz Program Notes