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Patricia Montoya – “Terrazas Triptych”
June 27, 2014 - June 28, 2014
Presented as part of Highways’ Latina/o New Works series, Patricia Montoya’s video installation, Terrazas Triptych, which consists of three interconnected short videos that examine the city landscape from the perspective of rooftops, lookouts and terraces in Medellín, Colombia and Tijuana, México.
With the triptych, Montoya is exploring the iconicity of the city of Tijuana, as a conglomerate of memory traces of her childhood in Medellín, Colombia. Not concerned with romanticizing migration, or with Medellín’s and Tijuana’s sordid histories, Terrazas superimposes memory and chance, theatricality and documentary in a personal representation of the journey of becoming. The work combines text, sound and image in the recurrence of time that the medium of video exhibits, to provoke a critical dialogue about the nature of migration.
Candide (Mexico. USA. 10 min. 2009) is an experimental narrative video about lesbian love and emigrant longing, performed on a rooftop in Tijuana.
Sometimes Walking. Sometimes Sitting. Always Carrying Our Own Chairs (Mexico. USA. 15 min. 2007), based on Eugene Ionesco’s play, The Chairs, and shot on a terrace top in Tijuana, is a political critique of emigrant nostalgia. Using the chatter common in the tradition of the theater of the absurd, two improbable flaneurs make a trampled walk across Tijuana.
Medellín, how can I turn you into an object? (10min. 2009), is a lyrical documentary/symphony of a city/love poem and farewell to Medellín and Tijuana. This final video of the triptych blends the contrasting landscapes of the two cities into an impressionistic rendition. It is the failed attempt of making the city into an elusive love and, equally elusive, art object. By characterizing Medellín and Tijuana as lovers, I was able to deal with the psychological aspects of separation and the liberating possibilities of new understanding of citizenship and belonging.
PATRICIA MONTOYA is a video maker and educator born in Medellín, Colombia. Currently she is teaching documentary production and narrative/experimental video at University of California, San Diego.
Patricia’s early work is the product of a cultural movement characterized by the impetus to express in the personal voice and in a sense of urgency, issues regarding identity and belonging. A break of silence, video is a vehicle for her voice — a poetic expression of images displaying the city and text tracing her personal experience. Since then, she has produced videos that traverse issues of migration, memory and identity through lyrical explorations of text, dialog, theatrical adaptations and the depiction of intimate human relations within the context of urban landscapes.
This event is made possible in part by the City of Santa Monica Latino CAP Grant Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
This event is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works.