The 2019 Australian Arts Council artist in residence, Camila Galaz will be at EMPAC to continue the post-production on her installation Vecino Vecino (Neighbour Neighbour). The video work is based on a 1986 French TV documentary about the MAPU-Lautaro, a Chilean student resistance group who fought against the Pinochet dictatorship, that included the the artist’s father.
Using archival footage, re-performance and (mis)interpretations of this footage, and documentary footage of my own, Vecino Vecino stitches together multiple historical moments and viewpoints to highlight the gap between generations caused by political violence. By reading historical movements, sounds, gestures, and speech as languages that can be transposed and translated into present day, Vecino Vecino both draws awareness to, and actively participates in what Judith Butler calls “the tasks that follow political violence.”
International residencies organized by Australia Council for the Arts provide a unique opportunity for Australian artists to immerse themselves in a new international arts context, community and culture. The experience enables artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity.