Celebrated conceptual artist Jill Magid set her sights on an ambitious new project: an exhibition inspired by the visionary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The only trouble was, one woman in Switzerland owns Barragán’s entire professional archive. And, for more than 20 years, she has kept it inaccessible to the public.
Unable to execute her original goal, Magid instead redirected her focus to this spellbinding documentary about her unlikely journey into a legal quagmire and her attempt to question the inaccessibility of Barragán’s work. With its measured pacing and haunting ambience, Magid’s hypnotic film is an engaging examination of artistry, diplomacy, and posterity at a crossroads.
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About the moderator: Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia. She is Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY and is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She has curated programs for The Alternative Film/Video film festival in Belgrade, The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX), Vtape in Toronto, and ULTRAcinema in Xalapa, Mexico. She is a member of the collective screening project On-Film and co-curated with Herb Shellenberger the 2018’ Winter/Spring Flaherty NYC series ‘Common Visions’ at Anthology Film Archives. Her writing has been featured in Vdrome, Vertical Features, MUBI Notebook, The Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Film Quarterly, Little White Lies, and Desistfilm Magazine. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY; the editorial board of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture; and the Advisory Board of Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Buffalo, NY.
American artist Jill Magid’s work, which explores and blurs the boundaries between art and life, is deeply ingrained in her lived experience. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has established intimate relationships with a number of organizations and structures of authority.