Archives 1st half of 2013
Exhibition February 22 -
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Gasworks presents The Black Cave, the first UK solo exhibition by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Consisting of newly commissioned moving image works, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between landscape, history and infrastructure in the artist's home country of Puerto Rico.
In keeping with Ballroom Marfa’s mission, New Growth will feature newly commissioned work including a large-
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, La Cueva Negra, 2013. Courtesy of the artist
Often documenting her interactions with specific individuals and communities, Santiago's films and videos focus on how social relations are embodied in particular places and gestures. Drawing from anthropology and experimental theatre, the artist develops her work together with the people she portrays, using performance and re-
For her exhibition at Gasworks, Santiago has produced two new works that explore the contemporary landscape of Puerto Rico through a historical lens. The video La Cueva Negra (2013) investigates the transformation of a former archaeological site, whereas the 16mm film Farmacopea (2013) looks at how distinctive features of the island's natural landscape relate to the development of agriculture and tourism.
La Cueva Negra concentrates on the Paso del Indio, an indigenous burial site that was discovered twenty years ago during the construction of a highway. Informed by interviews with the archaeologists and labourers that worked on the excavation, as well as regular interactions with a couple of local boys now living there, this video unravels the material and symbolic history of the site through first-
Farmacopea, on the other hand, looks at how the Puerto Rican landscape has been transformed and de-
Using different strategies, the works in The Black Cave recuperate images and understandings of the Puerto Rican landscape that have quite literally been buried beneath a growing infrastructure of transport and tourism.