New Videos From Women of Mexico | Chicago Reader

New Videos From Women of Mexico

Julia Barco curated this program of videos, many of which address sexuality and/or women's discomfort with body images. The strongest is Paulina Herrasti's Blue, in which deep blue images of body fragments and abstract shapes convey a mix of melancholia and self-parody. In I Did Not Choose This Body, I Am Not This Body, Rosa Alejandra Echeverria effectively protests sexual objectification: images of her body in negative are framed within the frame while titles pin down her age, weight, blood type, time of last menstruation, and even more absurd details. In Barco's Glimpses and Flashes images illustrate the erotic fantasies discussed by women on the sound track; seeing a man's feet and shoes while a woman talks about admiring them reminds us how strange much erotic life can be. In her hilarious Contemporary Artist, Ximena Cuevas spots “famous” New York curator John Hanhardt and rushes off to a rest room to rehearse how she'll approach him; her voice and the nervous camera movements suggest authentic anxiety. Maria Santiago, a Zapotec woman interested in documenting her culture, shows the traditional method of making soap from a tree in the fictional tape The Tree of Soap, to be shown without English subtitles. On the same program: Guadalupe Olvera's And the March Goes On, about the history of the lesbian movement in Mexico. 83 min.

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