We can, with regard to "Pais / Paisaje, el arte del cine y del video de Paraguay", maintain that geographical space projects the strong presence of both the physical and cultural landscape. The slowness of time, austerity and debt, the use of the Guarani language or the intense presence of nature could all be demonstrations illustrating the peculiarity of the Paraguayan territory.
The etymology of the word "landscape", strongly connected to that of "land", suggests the need to offer a space for Paraguay in the world, something that politics, perhaps, cannot give but which art and the public who believe in its symbolic potential can. These recent works outline a "live and let live" situation by critically facing up to the reality and challenges of this South American country.
The whole show has an intense interest in identity, a kind of human landscape developed on the cultural, social, and political borders. The selection aims at bringing the public into contact with this concrete place, the composition of its physical and temporal world, and its soul.
The works attempt to tell of a period, the one generally known as the "transition to democracy", which began in 1989 after the fall of Latin America's longest dictatorship. Today times are once more rather dark after a return to a repressive and conservative political order. This audiovisual project aims at making the public think critically about Paraguay's current situation.
We believe that the cosmopolitan and multicultural vocation of Palermo and Sicily is favourable for connecting with the Paraguayan "land island": this was the metaphor created by the writer and artist Josefina Plá (1903 - 1999) in order to describe this interior and isolated territory.
Finally, the show highlights the fact that cinematography by and about Paraguay is still developing in a fragile and emergent context, and that it has become a reality thanks to the tenacity of its creators. Only at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first have film, video, and digital media thrown a first permanent light through moving images, however insufficient the stimuli.
The fact of generating new circuits and spaces for the diffusion of audiovisual creations favours sensibility towards and from our country, arouses stimuli that integrate us with and connect us to the world, and offers a channel for this symbolic output. An experience and transit of ideas and images in order to construct images of a distant situation, however similar it might be to our own.
 
Fernando Moure - June 2013
 
 
* Short Film Stills Ahendu nde Sapukai / I hear your cry , Pablo Lamar, 2008 .
The shorts , feature films and video art pieces that make up the  program of "El arte del cine y el video de Paraguay" comprise a filmography conducted in the last decade with two historical pieces, which were exhibited in numerous festivals and exhibitions . The Italian public was able to see them on the Venice Film Festival , the Festival di Popolo in Rome or Turin . The program consists of a body of fiction, documentary, experimental film, video art and animation with English subtitles, and brings together the work of these filmmakers and artists.
Federico Adorno, Pedro Barrail, Gustavo Benítez, Fredi Casco, Luvier Casali, Hugo Cataldo, Enrique Collar, Edith Correa, Renate Costa, Martín Crespo, José Elizeche, Juanchi Franco, Dominique Dubosc, Pablo Lamar, Javier López, Juan C. Maneglia, Marcelo Martinessi, Erika Meza, Ricardo Migliorisi, Mauricio Rial, Joaquín Sánchez, Tana Schembori, Salla Sorri, Valentina Serrati y Patricia Wich.

 

 

TECHNICAL FILM PROGRAM
 
LONGS :
Cuchillo de palo. Renate Costa (98´, 2010)
Novena. Enrique Collar (94´, 2010)
Tren Paraguay. Mauricio Rial (60´, 2011)

 

SHORTS:
Isla Alta. Federico Adorno (18´, 2011)
Resistente. Renate Costa, Salla Sorri (19´, 2011)
Manohara. Dominique Dubosc (21´, 1968)
Noche adentro. Pablo Lamar (18´, 2009)
Ahendu nde sapukai. Pablo Lamar (12´, 2008)
Presos. Juan C. Maneglia (13´, 1987)
Espejos. Juan C. Maneglia (9´, 1988)
Artefacto de primera necesidad. Juan C. Maneglia y Tana Schembori (8´, 1995)
Karai Norte. Marcelo Martinessi (18´, 2009)
Calle Ultima. Marcelo Martinessi Marcelo (22´, 2010)
 
 
VIDEOART PROGRAM,  58'
 
La cocina de Josefina. Pedro Barrail
Surco en gualambá. Gustavo Benítez, Edith Correa, José Elizeche
Chaco fantasma. Fredi Casco
Raudal. Martín Crespo
Influenza Colorada. Luvier Casali
El gusto de la mirada. Ricardo Migliorisi
Kambuchi. Joaquín Sánchez
Celeste. Valentina Serrati
María bonita. Patricia Wich
 
 
CURATOR: Fernando Moure
 
ASISTANCE: NauART - Artisti Comunity 
Consulado de Paraguay en Barcelona
 
AUDIOVISUAL EDITION: Petra Eicker