Papapapa

1997 | 00:26:45 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Holiday, Post-colonialism

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An experimental video about immigration. Looking at the potato (which was first cultivated in Peru) Papapapá paints a picture of a vegetable that has traveled and been transformed—following the migrating potato North where it becomes the potato chip, the couch potato, and the french fry. Papapapá simultaneously follows another Peruvian in motion, the artist’s father, Augusto Rivera. The stories of the two immigrants, the potato and Papa Rivera, converge as Augusto becomes a Peruvian couch potato, sitting on an American sofa, eating potato chips and watching Spanish language television.

This title is also available on Betraying Amnesia: Latin America Video Portraiture and The New McLennium.