Irene de Andrés - El Segundo Viaje film still (barco)
Sofía Gallisá Muriente: B-Roll Film Still
Within this context, Irene de Andrés and Sofía Gallisá Muriente work in tandem to question how cultural differences are marketed within the new colonial relationship that the tourism industry embodies. The artists work in photography, print, installation and video formats, remixing original and sourced materials that include photographs, short documentaries, propaganda, and vacation videos from various official and per- sonal archives, as well as the internet. Taking a cue from contemporary urban culture, the artists have collaborated in their videos with a local musician and a DJ to construct alternate soundscapes to the usual tropical narratives.
Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Embelecos, 2017
In their pieces, both artists take a look at the post military landscape of abandoned US Navy bases, monuments, advertisement campaigns, mid-20th century industrialization, and hotel construction. This exhibition has come together because of the artists’ com- mon interest in examining and contesting the visual economy of tourism and the repre- sentation of the Caribbean as constructed for tourists and investors. Through different strategies and methodologies, both artists question the narratives, images and tropes preserved in archives and other state propaganda, in order to expose the mechanisms that perpetuate them. These works strive to rid themselves of the colonizing gaze; these works are aware of how they’re looked at.
Irene de Andrés, Cruise r, 2017
Curator Marina Reyes Franco is the first grantholder of the program “Curators in Resi- dence” of KfW Stiftung in cooperation with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). The program offers outstanding up-and-coming curators from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia the opportunity to spend three months in Berlin, thus promoting intercultural and discursive exchange in exhibition organization. The purpose of the residency is to raise critical awareness of postcolonial discourses, as well as to encour- age intellectual engagement with cultural heritage in relation to contemporary art. The grantholders design exhibitions which will be shown at ifa Gallery Berlin. Following an open call, Marina Reyes Franco has been selected by the jury: Elena Agudio, Julia Grosse, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Alya Sebti.