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THE PEOPLE: ENEMIES OF THE STATE, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ARMY (article first published : 2008-07-19)

Currently running at the KZNSA Gallery is The People: Enemies of the State, the Government and the Army: Three Videos of Street Protests (2005-2008) produced by Carlos Motta, Colombia, and presented in association with Urban Concerns Programme, Johannesburg Art Gallery, 2008.

In the last three years, Carlos Motta has developed a series of videos documenting street protests in various countries in the Americas, organized 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, Sa˘ 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 takes place in a "street vendor evacuation action" by the Metropolitan Police of Sa˘ Paolo, Brazil on September 22, 2005.

Memory of a Protest, 2007 is a documentary that takes place during a street protest organized by Chilean human rights organization Kamarikun and held on the streets of Santiago, Chile in November 2006 against the infamous US sponsored military training institution, The School of The Americas.

Where Do I Stand? Right, Left or The Human Kind?, 2008 documents the polarized political situation in Colombia from the lens of two recent protests against violence. 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.

This exhibition closes on August 2. More information on 031 277 1705 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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