Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca; One Hundred Steps
Sat. 2 Jul. – Sun. 25 Sep. 2022
The Model is delighted to present a new work by Irish / Brazilian artist-duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, entitled One Hundred Steps, this summer. The internationally acclaimed artist duo, who have shown in renowned museums and galleries across the world, are delighted to bring their first black & white film, made in collaboration with musicians and dancers from Ireland, France, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to audiences in Sligo.
This film references the work of Bob Quinn, an influential Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980s were dedicated to deconstructing the Eurocentric hegemony and elaborating on the role that North African cultures have played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anti-colonialist approach, Quinn’s work Atlantean remains an important historical document, and is more relevant today than ever before.
One Hundred Steps invites the viewer to enter its narrative through two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters. The first is set at a sumptuous 17th century Anglo-Irish colonial manor of the landlord class, located in the South of Ireland, and the latter at a 19th century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the center of Marseille, in the South of France. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of a privileged history – apparent in their architecture and décor – a history now preserved as both have become museums open to the public.
As in other films by the artists, One Hundred Steps unfolds through a hybrid language located between documentary and fiction. Museum visitors transform into performers, and musical contributions act as ephemeral occupations of these loaded settings, denying a simplified binary relationship between source and extrapolation, or European and other; and pivoting the power relations of who is speaking and who must listen.
Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca – Biography
Working collaboratively since 2011, Wagner & de Burca have shown in exhibitions, biennials and film festivals, including: the 33rd, 35th Panorama de Arte Brasileira, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 20th Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc VideoBrasil (São Paulo, Brazil); the 36th EVA International (Limerick, Ireland); the 5th Skulptur Projekte (Münster, Germany); the 67th, 68th, 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Germany); and the 72nd Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland). In 2019, Wagner & de Burca solo presentations include Jumex museum, Mexico City, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland. That same year they represented Brazil at the 58th Venice Biennial. Their work can be found in collections such as: The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston USA, Kadist Art Foundation, France, Museu de arte de São Paulo (MASP) and Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil, the Pérez Art Museum, USA, and the Arts Council of Ireland, among others. The artists are represented by Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Produced by VOLTE and Wagner & de Burca. Co-comissionado commissioned by Manifesta 13 Marseille and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Co-financed by the Arts Council of Ireland, Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, V-A-C Foundation and Ammodo
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