Documentary Short | Director | 1990
Video 7 mins, Brazil/USA. Available in English and Portuguese
Ex-voto is the task or object that results from the promise made by the devotee. The devotee requests the divine intervention, and promises to carry out a duty if the grace is granted. In Latin America, ex-votos have always been expressed in works or mediums of art, such as paintings, sculptures or photographs, which consequently are delivered to shrines.
Ex-voto, the video, is an offering to Our Lady Aparecida – the National Patron Saint of Brazil, in gratitude for saving the artist from an accident with fire when she was 10 years old. It explores the medium as an object of offering by using the same expression of a dialogue with the divine. As a devotee, the artist had to execute all the production levels of the video as a craft.
Selected screenings: American Film Institute National Video Festival, Artists Space (NY), European Media Arts Festival (Germany), VIII Festival de Cine Latino Americano (Trieste/Venice/Rome), Festival de Cinema de Gramado (Brazil), Festival Internacional de Video Del Cono Sur (program touring to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguai, Paraguai, and Chile), Impact Festival of Experimental Art in Utrecht (Netherlands), The Kitchen (NY), PS 122 (NY), Magdeburg Int’l. Film/Video Festival (Germany), The Majestic Theater/BAM (NY), Aaron Davis Hall (NY), Movimiento Nacional Video: VII Encuentro Nacional de Video (Cuba),
Museum of Image and Sound in Brazil, Museum of Modern Art in New York, International House (PA), Public Theater (NY), Queens Museum of Art, Robert Flaherty Seminar, San Francisco Cinemateque, Women in the Director’s Chair, WOW Women on World Film and Video Festival
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