Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World)

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Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Found Footage, Gender, Hollywood, Humor, Latino/Chicano, Love, Media Analysis, Mental Landscape, Performance, Sexuality

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Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World)

Cuevas is obsessed with the micro movements of daily life, with the border between truth and fiction, with the "impossibility" of reality. Her work relentlessly seeks out the layers of lies covering the everyday representations of reality and systematically explores the fictions of national identity and gender.

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2002 | 05:00
Turistas
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Turistas deals with the letdown of a world that is pre-mediated and post-digested—a video travelling guide that updates the 19th century artist's Grand Tour and downgrades it to 21st century not-so-Grand status. —Maria-Christina Villasenor,...

 

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Tags: expedition/travel, humor, latino/chicano

Estamos Para Servile (We're Here to Serve You)
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"I made this video after assisting at a conference where the artists acted like flies in a barnyard. They gathered tropical fruits to make it less disagreeable for themselves." —Ximena Cuevas

 

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Natural Instincts
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This is a video of musical terror where I superficially — this is the beginning of a larger project —l look at one of the Mexican phenomena that horrifies me the most: internalized racism, being ashamed of one's own roots. The fantasy of waking up...

 

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Tags: latino/chicano, race

1999 | 02:03
Hawaii
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"You don't have to go to Hawaii to be in Hawaii. Nor do you have to be sensual to feel sensual. You look the way you are supposed to look. The sensuality of Hawaii completely fascinates me in this video." —Ximena Cuevas

 

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Tags: expedition/travel

1999 | 01:16
Help!
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As sad as it can be to be trapped in a TV show, singing words you don't even know the meaning of. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World) and Half-Lies: The Videoworks of Ximena Cuevas.

 

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Tags: television

La Tombola (Raffle)
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“Take back the airwaves: Mexico’s video art doyenne Ximena Cuevas books herself onto the tabloid talk show Tombola (Raffle), toying at first with whimsical deconstruction until she turns the whole affair on its head by seizing the televisual flow...

 

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Tags: autobiography, consumer culture, media analysis, television

Ximena Cuevas, Antes de la Televisión (Before Television)
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The vacuum cleaner becomes the device of the feminist 'liberation', or the monster that devours us. —Insite 2000 program, San Diego Museum of Art  This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World) and Half-...

 

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Tags: feminism, humor

Colchones Individuales (Single Beds) Volume 1: Desolacion
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"Emptiness: I just watched your latest video, Colchones Individuales (Single Beds), Volume 1: Desolacion, and I wanted to write you about it. Oddly, Single Beds sums up much of what I have been thinking lately. In these times of speed, where...

 

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Tags: latino/chicano, mental landscape, performance

La Puerta (The Door)
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"Hell is oneself. There's nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to." —T.S. Eliot "La Puerta makes us spin out of control in the long and cruel corridors of an institutional nightmare." —Insite 2000 program, San Diego Museum of Art This title...

 

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1998 | 01:54
Cama (Bed)
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"The life of objects intrigues me. Apparently inanimate, they adopt the souls, actions and lifestyles of their keepers. Here, a bed testifies to what goes on behind the closed door of a decent family's bedroom." —Ximena Cuevas

 

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Tags: family, sexuality

Destino (Fate)
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Erase the 1940s. The desire to better appearances. To try to record a love story. It's in this way that a facial can become the biggest remaining pleasure. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: Dormimundo Vol. 1 (Sleepworld Vol. 1), Ximena...

 

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Tags: body

Alma Gemela (Soul Mate)
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The innocence of creating a mirror, only to repeatedly crush it underfoot. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: Dormimundo Vol. 1 (Sleepworld Vol. 1), Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World), and Half-Lies: The Videoworks...

 

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Tags: conceptual art, youth/childhood

Baba de Perico (Parrot's Saliva)
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A soft-focus close-up of mouth and lips is set to the sounds of lovemaking. A soft-porn video on how easy it is to get porn. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The Silent World) and Half-Lies: The Videoworks of...

 

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Tags: sexuality

El Diablo en la Piel (Devil in the Flesh)
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"The palms of Lana Turner's hands were full of scars; the technique she used in order to achieve melodrama was to tighten her fists, digging her fingernails into them until she began to cry. Day after day, soap opera actresses smear Vick's Vaporub...

 

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Tags: latino/chicano

Staying Alive
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Blind man: “It is bad to be alone.” The Creature: “Alone, bad.” —The Bride of Frankenstein It can be so bad to be alone that even an artificial heat is better than none. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio (The...

 

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Tags: autobiography, mental landscape

A la Manera de W. Disney
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Colorful lines follow the gestures of a conductor leading the orchestra until he disappears just at the point of crescendo. As the music slows, he starts to reappear. A sketch as a tribute to Walt Disney.  This title is also available on Ximena...

 

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Tags: consumer culture, humor

Contemporary Artist
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After working in solitude at the studio, the artist leaves, uncomfortable with the idea of having to put on a face for the art world, where they expect you to say something articulate in order to grab the curator's attention.

 

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Tags: humor

Exito (Success)
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A fireworks display heralds the appearance of our heroine. She walks a hotel corridor with balloons held aloft and champagne on call. But then she stumbles. The perils of success. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: El Mundo del Silencio...

 

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Calzada de Kansas (Kansas Avenue)
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Dorothy doesn't reach her dream of the Emerald City. Rather, she will have already been over the rainbow by the time she arrives at the worst corner in Kansas. This title is also available on Ximena Cuevas: Dormimundo Vol. 1 (Sleepworld Vol. 1),...

 

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