VIDEO! VIDEO! Video Festival

Day 4: Francisca Benitez Screening
and Artist Talk


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, August 20th, 7:00 pm, Free


“Much of Francisca Benítez’ practice revolves around the study of public space and the psychogeographic: How property issues, the jurisdictions of boundaries, lines and interactions of a city are being constantly re-defined and how the limits between public and private space take shape. Through a wide array of mediums she has investigated the nature of several typologies of ephemeral architectures that intermittently exist in public space: some originated by religious rituals, some by ludic activities, some by a basic need for survival.

Predominately drawn to dimensions and spaces around her that she considers to be overlooked or taken for granted, Benítez’ engagement with the city is not only about identifying and recording hidden territories and demarcating neglected spaces, but also about personal encounters, chance meetings, and mutually verified acknowledgements of positioning and re-positionings.

Her most recent work has been concerned with the militarization of public space, and the ephemeral architectures of control that shape our movements through it. During her residency at Gasworks, Benítez aims to develop a performative walking tour provisionally entitled ‘through sites of dissent’, exploring sites of protest and conflict, during episodes of London’s history.”


Francisca Benitez (b.1974) is an artist born and raised in Chile, living and working in New York since 1998. Recent solo exhibitions include Oro Dulce at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York (2014) and Canto Visual at Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile (2013). Notable group exhibitions include Mapping Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society and BRIC House (2015); Efemérides at the Museo Histórico Nacional, Santiago, Chile (2014); Thinking and Speaking at Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2013); Desire Lines / Líneas del Deseo at Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain (2012) and The Street Files at El Museo del Barrio, New York (2011). Her work has been featured in major international exhibitions including the XII Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2015); the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Portugal (2013) the Beijing Biennale, China (2009); and the LA Frewaves 10th biennial of film, video and new media, Los Angeles (2006). Francisca graduated as an architect from the Universidad de Chile in 1998 and later as a Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College CUNY in 2006. She has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Lambent Fellowship of the Tides Foundation and Fondart Chile, among others.

Her most recent performances in New York were Alternate Path, at Storefront for Art and Architecture at Pier 57 (2013); Soliloquy in signs, at Pier 54 (2014); and As you lean on me and I lean on you, we move forward, at the High Line (2015).



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