JOURNEY TO A LAND OTHERWISE KNOWN
Laura Huertas Millán
2011 | 23' | HD 2K | FR, ENG subtitles
In a film, meeting a strange tribe often starts with the plunging view from a building necessary to the journey. The architecture of Jean-Pierre Secq dubbed the noise of the waves washes over us in this way. However, to open it, the construction was massive and still, unfolding the three concrete wings of this equatorial greenhouse in Lille. This essay on the conquest of America assumes its own contradiction, underlined by a montage of texts by colonisers: Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Hans Staden, Jean de Léry, Charles de la Condamine and the use of costumes and masks inspired by Brazilian modernism. The discovery of a new world conducted in slow motion listening to the minutes of an unlikely trial of the invaders. The most restrained of movements, surplus, to make the most of rediscovering the New World.
GILLES GRAND, FID Marseille catalogue, 2012.
FREELY ADAPTED FROM
Charles de la Condamine, "Abridged Narrative of Travels through the Interior of South America from the Shores of the Pacific Ocean to the Coasts of Brazil and Guyana, Descending the River of Amazons"
Hans Staden, "True Story and Description of a Country of Wild, Naked, Grim, Man-eating People in the New World, America"
Bernal Diaz del Castillo, "The True History of the Conquest of New Spain"
Jean de Léry, "History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Otherwise Called America"
Père Antonio Vieira, "La mission d'Ibiapaba"
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (solo screening), 2015
Post-exotisme, Diep-Haven Festival, New Haven, UK, 2015
Metales pesados (solo show), Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2015
Lugar a Dudas (solo screening), Cali, Colombia, 2014
Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States, 2014
Videobrasil Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Resartis Prize - Arquetopia), 2014
LABoral, Gijón, Spain, 2013
Musée château d'Annecy (solo show), 2013
Saison Video (solo screening), Tourcoing, France, 2013
Tampere film festival, Finland, 2013
LAM Villeneuve d'Asq, France, 2012
FIDMarseille, France, 2012
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, documentary selection, 2011
Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, France, 2011