The edition of the Videopride 2019 has a selection of 14 WORKS of LGBT/feminist themes that were screened on July 4, during the celebration of the Week of pride in Madrid, in the Museum La Neomudéjar.
The current selection has been made among more than a thousand works, from different parts of the world: United States, Iran, Chile, Sweden, Brazil, Spain, among others.
As a whole, the pieces form a brief mapping of the possible concerns, discourses, stories and representations affecting the LGBT collective. Gender and identity issues underlie the subversive practices and narrative diversity of the works presented here.
IT'S STONEWALL IN MY NAVEL
Artist: Laurel Beckman (UNITED States)
The Stonewall Inn, where the 1969 rebellion began, was a dance venue, one of those spaces where, throughout the twentieth century and beyond, dreams and the consequences associated with queer identities materialize. The reconstruction that can be seen in the video, is based on the descriptions of those who frequented it and on the night of June 28, 1969, they rose against oppression. In the video, those present, usanders and those tools of dissent used during the rebellion, we dance, reaffirming the idea that celebration and protest are not mutually exclusive.
Laurel Beckman is A Professor of Video and Experimental Animation at the University of California Santa Barbara. His projects investigate concepts such as affection, scene and screen space, science and consciousness; and have been exhibited at festivals, public spaces, museums and galleries in more than 30 countries.
FOR HIS SAKE FOR HIS PLEASURE
Artist: Hugo Ljungb.ck (Sweden)
In For His Sake; For His Pleasure, the artist reflects on the pressure that teenagers and young gays face on social media to pose and send photos exhibiting their own body.
Hugo Ljungb.ck is a video artist, curator of cinematography and a media researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, president of the UWM Moving Image Society, director of the Save the Archives film festival and programmer of the Underground Film Festival Milwaukee. His works generally explore queer subjectivities, hypersexualized bodies, sexual abuse and coernidating, and have been screened internationally at events such as the London Experimental Film Festival, the Montreal Underground Film Festival and the Beijing International Short Film Festival.
Artist: Rafaall (Republic of Korea)
Described by the artist as: "Divorce: The process of ending a marriage or marital union".
He is one of the most outstanding visual artists in Europe. He has performed at festivals, museums and cultural institutions in Europe, America and Asia. The best way to describe his work is as "Live Cinema", a confluence of video, conceptual art and experimental music.
Artist: Oona Taper (USA)
Tease is an experimental animation work of almost erotic cut that reflects on anticipation without necessarily reaching any climax or conclusion. In line with the theme addressed, it tries to push the boundaries in the way it represents in audiovisual creation the concepts of "sex" and "sexy"
Oona Taper is a multimedia and experimental animation artist. Its production includes two-dimensional works, video and installations. He studied at the Tufts Museum of Fine Arts school, as well as sociocultural anthropology and fine arts in Boston. His style is both fanciful and chaotic, employing distorted but recognizable figures to address issues such as intimacy, technology, physical space and subjective experiences.
Artist: Steven Fraser (United Kingdom)
Dix Pix analyzes the gay male/trans/non-binary body and the reasons why people send nude images through dating apps, addressing topics such as masculinity, queer identity, loneliness and the body. All interviews were conducted through the Grindr dating app and are illustrated by a series of redesigned and animated penis images. The artist received the images through the Grindr app and asked the senders the reasons why they sent them.
Steven Fraser is an animator, writer and theater creator, particularly interested in the intersectionality of autism and queer identities. He is autistic and lives with Asperger's syndrome, something he considers an integral part of what builds him as a person and as an artist.
DEAR JOHN WATERS
Artist: Isabella Magno (Spain)
Dear John Waters, it's a fake documentary that pays homage to the legendary film director. Isabel, a 24-year-old lesbian girl who is overweight, tries to make John Waters her friend by showing off her disgusting life.
Isabella Magno was born in 1990 in Madrid. He studied film and television screenplay, and later made film and television. Dear John Waters is her second job as a director, the first is titled The Sculptor and the Beloved. She is currently immersed in the writing of her first feature film.
TRANS BOY REMEMBER: TO MY HYMEN, TO MY VOICE
Artist: Lexie Bean (UNITED States)
The artist defines his work as a poem, a reflection on the idea of growing up into the unknown: "At 9 years old I stopped speaking. It's the year I broke up inside, when I was raped. I came out of the closet as a trans boy years later. I often fear to become a kind of man I might mistake with the one who abused me."
Lexie Bean is an actor, writer and curator. Much of his work revolves around concepts related to the body, homes, cyclical violence and strange omens. The poem recited in Trans boy remember was published in Written on the Body, an anthology of letters written by some trans companions who have survived situations of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and who dedicate to parts of their own bodies.
Artist: Vítor Teixeira (Brazil)
A full-color journey through LGBTQ cinema. This piece brings together images from the last six decades of movies, TV shows and music videos that have inspired queer youth and transform their colors into a moving emblem.
Vítor Teixeira is an undergraduate student at the Federal Fluminense University of Rio de Janeiro. He has worked with music videos by independent local bands such as Café Forte and Bloco da Alegria de Gragoatá.
Artist: Tom Of Tottenham (Sweden)
It is the Swedish tradition of eating sweets only on Saturday. In this work, sweets are attached to other delights and rewards. Queer bodies enjoy the intimacy of bDSM, energy exchange, golden rain and rubber bears, transmitting an intense connection that is enjoyed through fetishes, alternative sexuality and shared desires.
An artist, activist, filmmaker and performer based in Stockholm, Tom identifies as a trans queer person of color. He began directing in 2000 when he was doing internships for Dyke TV. Through his work he seeks to convey the intense intimacy and reciprocal empowerment he has experienced within the World Queer BDSM for more than twenty years, something that considers an important part of his identity as a trans person with a positive vision of sex .
Artist: Ausín Sáinz (Spain)
There are currently groups in Russia that publicly engage in and laugh at homosexuals. The authorities are disenfranchised, allowing it. In Russia, two attacks are reported every day on people belonging to the LGTBI collective. Vladimir Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the culprit for consenting to him.
Trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Salamanca, where he made the specialties of Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design and Audiovisual Communication, Ausín Sáinz has come a long way from its beginnings to its latest video creations and urban installations. His work, of figurative and baroque aesthetics, disturbing and not complacent, has been able to be seen in numerous spaces both in Spain and other countries.
Artist: Ali Adil (Iraq)
Cinderella recounts in three minutes some of the forms of violence commonly exercised on women.
Ali Adil, 22, has trained as an artist at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Babylon in Iraq.
Artist: Mayat (France)
In this piece, the artist's body is depicted fused and intertwined; repeated and framed, trapped in a multiplicity of bodies that reproduce social norms. He examines the masculinity models present within the more pervasive notion of gay identity, which focuses primarily on the reproduction of codes, identified as masculine, to produce an aggressive erotic burden. A cynical narrator focuses on aspects of collective identity in the homo-normative neoliberal spheres that build the foundations of masculinity.
He grew up in a multicultural and multilingual context. In the late teens, he came into contact with the punk and queer spaces, at which point he began to experiment with image, sexuality and gender, playing with queer cross-treatment and exploring the relationships between the body and the image of the artist.
Artist: Aaron Longoria (USA)
The body is not a temple, but a mechanism for pleasure. With that mantra come self-realization and consequence. When the choice is personal, the way we mark our bodies can be a beautiful act of expression and identity. Strength and pleasure.
Aaron Longoria is a filmmaker and photographer in whose work he highlights the study of identities linked to racial and ethnic origin, as well as sexuality and memory in an ever-changing digital environment.
Artist: Paulx Castello (Brazil)
A young woman decides to take revenge on her rapists. His first action: putting on a canine jaw. "La Perra" is a violent figure of Divine Procces Cows, a contemporary culture whose foundations are sexual liberation and reflection on gender expression.
Paulx Coello is defined as bixa putx transudaka, postporcan artivist of Didal pleasures and obscene desires. It explores audiovisual, body, plastic and textual language, with the intention of deprogramming the social constructs generated by power devices, from gender and education to pleasure and death. Artist trained at the National University of the Arts (UNA), in Argentina, was one of the filmmakers of Kuceta (post-pornography): festival of culture and sex-dissident politics held in Sao Paulo in 2018.