Los Ingrávidos, Mexico 2017, 10 min.
Todo lo demás (Everything Else)
Natalia Almada, Mexico 2016, 98 min.
Natalia Almada’s first narrative feature film regards the life of Doña Flor, a low-level bureaucrat who spends her days lording over public records and her evenings with her beloved cat. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucracy is one of the worst forms of violence, the film is a study in restraint with a very sparing use of non-diegetic sound. Coyolxauhqui by the indigenous media collective Los Ingrávidos has a very different use of sound, using overwhelming percussion to allude toviolence against women in Mexico.
Almudena Escobar López is a curator, archivist, and researcher from Galicia, Spain. She is the Assistant Curator of Media Arts at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. Her work focuses largely on coloniality, anti-ethnography, visual historiography, and alternative ways of understanding territoriality. Almudena is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of Rochester.