Art/Action: Artists’ Films
20 February – 11 March 2018
Art/Action is a three-part artist film programme. Each pioneering film introduces viewers to artistic expressions of socio-political concerns. They investigate political repression and raise awareness of issues often marginalised by freedom of speech violations and media control.
Anna Maria Maiolino, In-Out / Antropofagia, 1973, 8:14 minutes, courtesy of Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
A comment on both censorship in Brazil and the frustrations of an artist whose creativity has been ‘gagged’ by the perceived restrictions of motherhood. This film displays male and female mouths taking part in wordless actions whereby objects or substances are placed upon, taken in, or expelled from the orifices.
Anna Maria Maiolino
Anna Maria Maiolino (b. 1942, Calabria, Italy) is one of the leading artists of her generation. Her work reflects on the major cultural and political realities of postwar Europe and South America as well as issues of patriarchy, feminism and immigration.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘The Matrix 252’, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA and Pacific Film Archive (2014), and ‘Affections’, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), Brazil. In 2017, the first major United States museum retrospective ‘Anna Maria Maiolino’ opened at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), California. Previous major solo exhibitions include ‘Continuum’, Camden Arts Centre, London, England (2010); ‘Order and Subjectivity’, Pharos Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2007); ‘Territories of Immanence’, Miami Art Center, Miami FL (2006). In recent years, Maiolino’s work has garnered critical international recognition at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia (2008) and numerous editions of the São Paulo Biennale.