Ana Vaz: Cosmovisions

Image: Still from Ana Vaz, A Idade da Pedra, 2013. Courtesy The Artist
Image: Still from Ana Vaz, A Idade da Pedra, 2013. Courtesy The Artist
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Ana Vaz's essay-films respond to Brazil’s modern colonial legacy and environmental destruction. Vaz approaches cinema from human and non-human perspectives, assembling visual references that problematise the nature-culture divide. Her works explore the relationships between self and other, myth and history, through various signs, cinematic and literary archives.

This event brings together artistic practices dealing with the colonial legacies of modernism and its interrelated ecological-climatic dynamics in Brazil, favouring political openness as lens to examine its present. Part of On Translations.

A Idade da Pedra, 2013

16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 29’

A Idade da Pedra takes place in the Brazilian central plateau, a vast and arid territory known as sertão, from which Brasilia, the country’s modern capital, was excavated and built. Moving between geological and historical time, the film follows Clarice Lispector’s description of Brasilia as a “time in the future that has already passed.” As the artist explores the geological foundations of the city and the ideals of modernism, the quarry becomes the site for an alternative history of exploration, prophecy and myth.

Olhe Bem As Montanhas, 2018

HD video, colour, sound, 30’

In Olhe Bem As Montanhas Vaz draws parallels between the state of Minas Gerais in the south west of Brazil and Nord-Pas-de-Calais in northern France, two regions marked by centuries of mining activities. Borrowing its title from the phrase “Look closely at the mountains!” coined by Brazilian artist Manfredo de Souzanetto, whose geometric landscapes often evoked the surfaces of the region, the film adopts the perspective of hollow and gutted mountains to question their industrial memory and spectral futures.

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Ana Vaz is an artist and filmmaker in Lisbon. Using assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation in exploring the frictions and fictions imprinted upon both cultivated and savage environments and their multiple inhabitants. Recent screenings of her work include the New York Film Festival – Projections, TIFF Wavelenghts, CPH:DOX, Videobrasil, Courtisane, Cinéma du Réel and Lux Salon, among others. In 2015, Vaz was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work.

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