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CARLOS MOTTA VIDEOS (article first published : 2008-07-3)

The People: Enemies of the State, The Government and the Army – Three Videos of Street Protests (2005–2008) is the title of the next exhibition by Carlos Motta of Colombia to run at the KZNSA Gallery.

The exhibition is presented in association with the Urban Concerns Programme, Johannesburg Art Gallery.

In the last three years, Carlos Motta has developed a series of videos documenting street protests in various countries in the Americas, organised by civil movements that are in opposition to structures of repression affiliated to the state, the government and the army. Three videos, shot in New York, Saô Paolo and Santiago respectively, compose this programme and refer to three specific socio-political disturbances which may be used as case studies for situations that reoccur throughout the continent, if not the world.

September 22, 2005, 2005 (rt: 2:40 min, color, video/audio) takes place in a "street vendor evacuation action" by the Metropolitan Police of Saô Paolo, Brazil on September 22, 2005. Vendors reject the violent treatment incurred by the authorities, which led them to react and resist. In the video, two displaced vendors tell their opinion about this ongoing situation and lament having no rights or possibilities of working legally. They also question the local system's "lack of democracy" in a country "where one wants to work and one can't. One wants to be legal and one can't".

Memory of a Protest, 2007 (rt: 15:36 min, color, video/audio) is a documentary that takes place during a street protest - organized by Chilean human rights organization Kamarikun - held on the streets of Santiago, Chile in November 2006 against the infamous US sponsored military training institution “The School of The Americas”. This works highlights the importance of the facility within US foreign policy, emphasising its involvement in the training of torture techniques - fundamental human right violation.

Where Do I Stand? Right, Left or The Human Kind?, 2008 (rt: 8 min, color, video/audio) documents the polarised political situation in Colombia from the lens of two recent protests against violence. One was against the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the other was against state violence and the Paramilitaries. Both marches took place in several cities around the world; these took place in New York. The central question in this work is an inquiry about the formation of individuals within the frame of ideological and warfare manipulation from the part of the state or insurgent groups.

The exhibition of videos opens on July 8 at 18h00 and runs until August 2 at the KZNSA Gallery. More information on 031 277 1703, e-mail: curator@kznsagallery.co.za or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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