Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:CITIES | BODIES | ACTION : The politics of passion in the Americas(8th : 2013 : São Paulo, Brazil).
Title: Gonzalo Rabanal's Un ser dicho, para ser el nombre A being said, to be a name
Alternate Title: Un ser dicho, para ser el nombre
Alternate Title: Being said, to be a name
Date: 2013 Jan. 16
Location: Performed at the Sesc Vila Mariana - Sala Corpo e Artes, São Paulo, Brazil, on January 16, 2013.
Work Type: Performance art, Performance
Victor Bautista, video editor.
Gonzalo Rabanal, Gonzalo León Rabanal, performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:14:43
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: 'Un ser dicho, para ser el nombre,' by Gonzalo Rabanal, was presented as a part of the 8th International Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This Encuentro was held in January of 2013 - the year of Hemi’s 15th anniversary - in São Paulo, Brazil, under the title CITIES | BODIES | ACTION: The Politics of Passion in the Americas. This event brought together activism, scholarship, and art towards the exploration of urban sites as areas of coexistence, conflict, and collaboration. From the critical poetics of body art to the occupation of public space by social movements, the event invited participants to explore the borders, identities and practices through which subjectivities, hegemonies and counter-hegemonies are constructed in the spaces of the city and beyond. The vast array of performances, exhibits, roundtables, workshops, lectures and work groups of this Encuentro were particularly interested in the ways in which bodies both interpellate and are interpellated, mobilize and are mobilized, by and around the diverse and complex ‘passions’ that are so defining of our globalized and mediatized present - fear, hatred, disenchantment, hope and faith, among others.This work puts word and writing in relationship to each other as a violent act, by a man who never learned to read and write. The story tells of his desire to understand the spoken word. The son writes in the voice of his father and the father does the same, but on the body of the son, simultaneously: ‘The body, the father, and the son, like the stigma of not knowing.’Gonzalo Rabanal studied Audio Visual Communication at the ARCOS Institute, where he began to develop a way of working that projects from individual to collective, opening up space for an expressive multiplicity. In 1989 he received a grant from the ANDES Foundation and in 2010 another from the Ford Foundation. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Visual Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile.
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