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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: ORIANA and GOSILA

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | October 26, 2023

Thursday, October 26, 6:00 p.m.

Join San Juan–based artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz for the Chicago premiere of her new feature ORIANA.

“The videos of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz exhibit a sensibility deeply informed by long and careful looking at the tropical landscape of her native Puerto Rico.”–Erica Dawn Lyle, Art In America

“Less a speculative vision about what might be and more a provocation of how other futures are actualized in the present.” – Walker Art Center


2023, Puerto Rico, 78 minutes
In Spanish with English subtitles, Format: DCP
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s (MFA 1997) films explore the physical and symbolic stories of the Caribbean. In ORIANA, a band of feminist warriors takes refuge in a verdant Puerto Rican landscape. Set in the wake of Hurricane Maria and featuring performances by a group of San Juan–based artists and activists, the film takes inspiration from French writer and theorist Monique Wittig’s radical  1969 novel Les Guérillères. As Muñoz’s characters move through forests, abandoned industrial sites, and colonial ruins, ORIANA visualizes the possibilities for creating a decolonial and feminist world.

2018, Puerto Rico, 10 minutes
In Spanish with English subtitles, Format: DCP
A film about disorder, sense-making from the ground up, slowness, and the work in the days after a hurricane.

About the artist

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her expanded moving-image practice brings together Boalian theater, experimental ethnography, and feminist thought to focus on the sensorial unconscious of anti-colonial movements and everyday poetic work in the Caribbean. Her artworks have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including solo shows at Argos Centre for Audiovisual Art, Brussels; Pivô, São Paulo; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; Espacio Odeón, Bogotá; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and the New Museum, New York. She received a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.


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