Vecino Vecino'

Camila Galaz / Australia Council for the Arts
2019–20
Studio 1—Goodman

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.

Presented By

Australia Council for the Arts

Funding

EMPAC Fall 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Additional project support by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program; and Creative Scotland.

EMPAC Spring 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media.