Screenings Series: Gazes Behind the Walls

March 8, 2018 to March 22, 2018

Still of Jean Genet's "Un chant d'amour" (1950)

Gazes Behind the Walls

A series of screenings selected by Iván Candeo, organized in conjunction with the seventh edition of Seminario Fundación Cisneros.

An inmate and a visitor talk by telephone through a partition or glass panel. In jail, at the time of departure, the visitor and the prisoner want to touch each other; we see gestures of desire through a physical barrier. The guard stands watch, on duty. Slow motion and background music tell us who is the culprit and who is the hero. In his cell, the condemned man has visions, imagines his execution, revenge, freedom, and recalls moments of happiness…very rich scenes leaving cinematographic impressions.

On the other hand, surveillance camera footage run at reduced speeds in order to conserve material. Any movement of bodies through corridors, doors, and rooms will appear interrupted, discontinuous. We also know that home arrests are maintained by ankle monitors.

The digital age brings about the suppression of spatial physical limits. More and more, we no longer interact visually with others directly; we communicate using a camera. But with the “fourth wall” in a staged scene or in a theatrical setting, what do these cells transform into?

Gazes behind the walls offers us a set of cinematographic works—video and non-video—that show us the institutional gaze and the objectivity of individuals. What do images want when nothing remains except bodies contained within walls?

Session #1

March 8, 2018
6:00 pm
Centro Cultural Chacao

Antoni Muntadas
On Translation: Fear/Miedo (2005)
Color, sound, 30 minutes

Session #2

March 9, 2018
6:00 pm
Centro Cultural Chacao

Pedro Terán
Blancas paredes (1976)
Black and white, silent, 23 minutes
Courtesy of Colección Mercantil

Jean Genet
Un chant d’amour (1950)
Black and white, sound, 26 minutes

Session #3

March 14, 2018
6:00 pm
Centro Cultural Chacao

Regina José Galindo
America's Family Prison (2008)
Color, sound, 54 minutes. 49 seg

Session #4

March 22, 2018
6:00 pm
Centro Cultural Chacao

Robert Bresson
A Man Escaped (1956)
Black and white, sound, 95 minutes

For all screenings, admission is free and open until spaces are filled.