Films by Alexandra Cuesta

Sunday, October 13th at 6pm, $7-10

Alexandra Cuesta is a filmmaker and artist whose work emerges from the public sphere. Departing from traditions of street photography and city film her work explores constructions of space and structures of time. Her images often comment on displacement and cultural diaspora. Her primary medium is 16mm film.


Program Details:

RECORDANDO EL AYER (2007, b/w, sound, 16mm, 9:00)
Shot in Queens, NY in 2004
Memory and identity are observed through textures of everyday life in a portrait of Jackson Heights, home to a large Latin American immigrant population. Images of street, people, and daily rituals render passing of time in a neighborhood that becomes a mirror not just of another place, but also of the past. The landscape visually reflects the space as a creation of a new home while revealing displacement within the new condition. The meaning of home is explored and built upon collective recollection.

BEIRUT 2.14.05 (2008, color & b/w, sound, 16mm, 8:00)
During the shooting of From Beyrouth With Love (Wael Nourredine, 2005), Alexandra Cuesta captured her impressions of Beirut between strangeness and rapprochement, using a handheld camera. The images are indirect and unsettled: reflections in the rain or through display windows, a view out of a moving car window. Cuesta captures and edits these images into fragments with the certainty of a dream. The menace of war resonates in her images without taking on form. Beirut 2.14.05 is both honest and masterly, a miniature at the roots of poetry, where the palpable echoes the visible. – Verena Teissl (Viennale Programmer)

PIENSA EN MÍ (2009, color, sound, 16mm, 15:00)
Moving from east to west and back, the windows of a bus frame fleeting sections of urban landscape. Throughout the day, images of riders, textures of light and fragments of bodies in space come together to weave a portrait in motion; a contemplative meditation on public transport in the city of Los Angeles. Isolation, routine and everyday splendor, create the backdrop of this journey, while the intermittent sounds of cars construct the soundscape.

DESPEDIDA (2013, color, sound, 16mm, 9:53)
Shot in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, this transitory neighborhood resonates with the poetry of local resident Mapkaulu Roger Nduku. Verses about endings, looking and passing through open up the space projected. A string of tableaus gather a portrait of place and compose a goodbye letter to an ephemeral home.


Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film