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April 16, 2013

SFAI Presents ¡Oye, Mira!, New Exhibition of Latin American Video Art

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), one of the nation’s premier art institutions, will present a new exhibition that surveys video work from Latin America. ¡Oye, Mira!: Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art, curated by SFAI faculty member Tony Labat, will be shown from April 19–June 8 at the Walter and McBean Galleries of SFAI, 800 Chestnut Street in San Francisco.

Featuring a selection of works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia, all created in the last 12 years, ¡Oye, Mira!: Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art highlights artists whose works give international audiences insight into a diverse region of incredible artistic energy that is still grappling with decades of social and political turmoil. That history and context provides a framework for many of the themes that emerge in this exhibition: the importance of place and site; memory in relation to place and history; humor as a sly, potent tool against life’s difficulties; and the relationship of video to cinematic tropes and the still image.

Since the early 1970s, the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute has been a pioneer in performance, moving image, and installation, and a breeding ground for work at the intersection of the three mediums. As one of the first graduates of the New Genres program and now Faculty Director of MFA Programs at SFAI, curator Tony Labat has been an integral part of the development of New Genres since its inception. He continues to explore cross-disciplinary art production through teaching, curating, and his own practice.

“As an artist and teacher, I’ve had a long relationship to video and I’ve been a witness to the continuing changes and developments that have made the medium an accessible, powerful tool for personal and cultural expression,” stated Labat. “The artists in this exhibition push the boundaries of video to make works that may disturb us, make us questions things, and provoke conversation.”

¡Oye, Mira! also addresses the elastic nature of video, both in format (as pieces encompass video, installation, performance, and social practice) and in expression (with the frequent use of motifs including the loop, repetition, re-location, re-enacting, and re-imagining). Audience participation will also be an integral part of the exhibition through an interactive video café, where visitors will be able to choose from a selection of videos on an iPad in a jukebox format while enjoying refreshments. Opening night will feature video projections onto SFAI’s tower, live music by Los Jaichackers, and dancing.

Special thanks to the Kadist Art Foundation.

Exhibition Details:

Opening Night: Friday, April 19
Public Reception: 6–10 pm
Live performance by Los Jaichackers: 9–10 pm

April 19–June 8, 2013
Free and Open to the Public
11 am–7 pm Tuesday; 11 am–6 pm Wednesday–Saturday

Walter and McBean Galleries
San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133