Saturday 9th October 2021, 8pm
ZUMZEIG Cinecooperativa. Carrer de Béjar, 53. Barcelona
Trouble Sleep by Maureen Muse (USA) + Llegué bien by Gisela Guzmán (Mexico) + A Strange Invasion by Anne Beentjes (Netherlands) + Invisible Jobs by Alfredo Esparza Cárdenas (Mexico)
* Presentation by Gonzalo de Benito and Anne Beentjes.
* Colloquium after the screening
Direction: Alfredo Esparza Cárdenas
Format: Digital video. Color
Thinking about the mechanical processes of illegal workers in factories in the United States, near the border with Mexico, the artist Alfredo Esparza recorded five people doing their full workday for 8 hours. In front of a fixed camera, each one repeats the movements they did in their last job, but without tools, machinery or materials. 'I feel like I'm not doing anything, and I get really tired', they said, referring to their performance in mimicry, showing the physical and mental fatigue of this type of work.
Direction, production, DoP and edition: Gisela Guzmán
Format: 16 mm, digital video
In recent years, insecurity and the thousands of femicides in Mexico have led women to search for protection and precautions that they must take to return home safely. 'Llegué bien' is a piece of appropriation that talks about how women use means at their disposal with the intention of taking care of themselves in a violent environment.
Direction, screen and edition: Maureen Muse
Sound: Nils Maisonneuve
Second camera: Chito Banda
Song: Fela Kuti
Format: Hi8 video transfer to HD. Color
'Trouble Sleep' describes the work of a young woman's thoughts as she poses nude for a drawing class. Over the course of the session, people pay close attention to the details of her body as she thinks about the past. Titled 'Trouble Sleep' after the Fela Kuti song that makes your mind remember, this short film illustrates the reconstruction and trauma of memory.
A Strange Invasion
Direction: Anne Beentjes
Camera and edition: Moisés Anaya
Format: Digital video. Color
'They received me with suspicion and curiosity in the town of El Huizache, in San Luis Potosí. The same I felt about the toxic garbage dump that is located only three kilometers from their homes. 55,000 tons of hazardous waste were disposed of in the 1990s and are still buried there today. A typical case of environmental racism; certain ethnic or economic minority communities are subject to disproportionate pollutant exposure. Although the history of El Huizache is not unique in the world, it is emblematic. As a photographer I felt a certain obligation to show this injustice. The photographs I take are intervened with the same chemicals that pollute your soil. We don't really know the level of pollution these people are exposed to, or how it is affecting their health. It is not fair that a time bomb is still buried under the desert sun and nobody feels responsible for it'.
- Anne Beentjes