Mika Taanila’s and Diego Bruno’s films at Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires

Mika Taanila participates in the group exhibition “What To Do / Despite It All” at Muntref – CAC – Hotel Inmigrantes in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1.–11.11.2018. The show is part of BIM – Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, where Taanila additionally is presenting also seven short films in cinema screenings and a three-hour artist talk. The exhibition and programme is curated by Andrés Denegri and Gabriela Golder.

The Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Biennial of Moving Image in English) is a combination between film festival and a contemporary art exhibition where the central axis is the non conventional films and experimental video. The biennial, with its exhibitions in museums and cinema theatres, is broadened by a wide offer of other activities (workshops, conferences, seminars and lectures with artists). 

There are two screenings in Taanila’s film programme. The first one, “Collapsing Worlds“, screened on Friday, November 2, includes the following films:

The Zone of Total Eclipse (2006)
Optical Sound (2005)
Future Is Not What It Used To Be (2002)
Branches (2017)
The World (2017)

The other screening, a Tribute to Mika Vainio, is scheduled for Sunday, November 4, and consists of Taanila’s feature-length lettrist film Tectonic Plate (2016) and a short film A Physical Ring (2002).

Mika Taanila (s. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Venice Biennale (Nordic Pavilion 2017), Aichi Triennale (2013), dOCUMENTA (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2013–14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013) and Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010). Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.

 Diego Bruno’s Space Under Hidden competes for the Norberto Griffa Award at BIM

Also at Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Diego Bruno’s new documentary film Space Under Hidden will be screened in the “Norberto Griffa Award” competition for the Latin American Audiovisual Creation. Space Under Hidden will be screened on Friday, November 8, at 16:00.

Diego Bruno: Space Under Hidden (2018)

Diego Bruno: Space Under Hidden (2018)

The film departs from a clandestine printing press operated by the Revolutionary Party of the Workers (PRT) in Argentina, during the period of revolutionary armed struggle in the 1970. By investigating the specific location where the clandestine press functioned, the film produces a site for this survey, for a testimony.

Born in 1978 in Argentina, Diego Bruno lives and works in Helsinki. He studied History of Art at the University of Buenos Aires, holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Escola Massana, Barcelona and an MFA in Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Bruno’s work has been shown at Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires; Centre d´Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Manifesta 08 Murcia; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York; Center for Contemporary Art Celje; Extra City, Antwerp; The Solo Project, Basel; Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona and Malmö Kunsthalle, among others.

BIM – Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, November 1–11 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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