Tears, Race & Bullets (2019)




Tears, Race & Bullets is a multichannel video installation that remixes Cuban newsreel images  (from the ICAIC Latin American Newsreel archives) highlighting the struggles of the Black Panther Party against repression and racism. Launched in 1960 and produced weekly by the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) until 1990, the Newsreel documented on 35mm film the revolutionary movements of Cuba and the so-called “Third World”.

Released in August 1968 as the popularity of the Party peaked, this monothematic newsreel omits narrative in favour of an eclectic montage of found stills, newsreel footage, satirical commentary, and a compelling soundtrack that touches upon repression, resistance to police brutality, and the controversial use of tear gas by governments against civilian populations, issues that still resonate today.

Tears, Race & Bullets is the second in a series of installations that explore the documentary heritage of Latin America as reflected on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Established in 1992, the Register is an international initiative dedicated to protecting the world’s documentary heritage.

This work has been produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council and La Bande Video (Québec City).
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A su propio ritmo
(At Its Own Rhythm)


“A country without images is a country that doesn’t exist.”
Julio García Espinosa (1926–2016)



A Su Propio Ritmo (At Its Own Rhythm) is the first of a series of installations that explore Latin America’s documentary heritage as reflected on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Established in 1992, the Register is an international initiative dedicated to protecting the world’s documentary heritage.

This installation reinterprets the audiovisual legacy of the Cuban Revolution, as seen through the lens of the Noticiero ICAIC. By using montage techniques that echo the aesthetics and ideas about the role of documentary filmmaking championed by its director, Santiago Álvarez, the film is a reminder of the powerful imagery created by ICAIC, and the role Cuba played in reshaping the iconography of the revolutionary movements of the world.


One in A Million


An ongoing project exploring isolation in urban environments:  Havana, London, Toronto, Vancouver.


Havana, Cuba
2018




London, UK
2015





Toronto, Canada
2020




Cuarentena

Toronto, Canada
2020


March 9, 2020: Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
March 20, 2020: The World Health Organization declares the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
March 13, 2020: Canada advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
March 16, 2020: Canada advises travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
March 18, 2020: Canada implements a ban on foreign nationals from all countries, except the United States from entering Canada, Canada-U.S. border closes to all non-essential travel, and redirects international passenger flight arrivals to four airports in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.