Apariciones / Apparitions
by Carolina Caycedo
Ballroom nominated Apariciones / Apparitions by Carolina Caycedo as the film selection for the 2019 season of Artists’ Film International (AFI). Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, AFI is a program that showcases international artists working in film, video and animation.
Caycedo’s Apariciones depicts ghost-like dancers inhabiting the historic Los Angeles landmark, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The brown, black, and queer bodies haunt these iconic and traditional spaces with dance and sensuous movements informed by the rituals of the Afro-Brazilian deity, Oxum, an Orisha (or goddess) representing water and sexual pleasure. The bodies of the dancers, or phantoms, become sources of knowledge, and their gaze holds the viewer accountable, something that is too often missing from history and art; inhabiting historically white spaces in ways that they have never been inhabited before.
Artists' Film International
Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, AFI is a program that showcases international artists working in film, video and animation.
Each international venue that participates in AFI nominates a moving image work from an artist who lives and works in their country. The 2019 AFI institutions are:
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia
The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul, Afghanistan
DocLab, Hanoi, Vietnam
Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
GAMeC (Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) Bergamo, Italy
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Istanbul Modern, Turkey
Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Para/Site, Hong Kong
Project 88, Mumbai, India
Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
The Whitworth, Manchester, UK
AFI 2019 was organized by director & curator Laura Copelin.
Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups and communities that are affected by developmental projects, like the constructions of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside communities.
She has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota, Quezon City, Toronto, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Mexico DF, Tijuana, and London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession, Intermediae-Matadero Madrid, Agnes B Gallery Paris, Alianza Francesa Bogotá, Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, and DAAD Gallery in Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. (2018), Sao Paulo (2016), Berlin (2014), Paris Triennial (2013), New Museum (2011), Havana (2009), Whitney (2006), Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001).