(Mexico City, Mexico)
RISE, the film commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University, was produced during Bárbara Wagner‘s stay at Residency Unlimited as part of her PIPA Prize award with the collaboration of Benjamin de Burca. Released in 2018, it will now be screened at Museo Jumex, in Mexico City. RISE sets against the background of Toronto’s new subway extension that connects the city center to the peripheries. The film, that will be exhibited from October 31st to February 9th, follows a series of poets and musicians – mainly young African Canadians – who express empathy, loneliness, love and hope, weaving a narrative of subversion and resistance.
Through photography and film, Wagner and de Burca question the notion of “giving voice” to minorities and marginalized communities. They focus on the production of moving image as a form of intertwining tradition, fine art, and popular culture. Interrogating the boundaries between documentary and fiction, the artists collaborated on the script with poets, rappers, singers and musicians who wrote all the verses and music featured in the work. Their self-portrayal serves to reflect and comment on ideas of place and belonging, as well as freedom and the power of words.
RISE, by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
From October 31st to February 9th
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Colonia Granada, Mexico City
Tuesday – Sunday / 10AM – 7PM
Monday / closed