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Mar 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Theatre Of The World: Videos And Installation Works By Salomé Lamas

Conversation with Salomé Lamas and Mónica Savirón.

The work of Salomé Lamas aims to redefine non-fiction filmmaking. Her cubistic editing, subjective camera, and unassuming attitude are not interested in changing facts, not even in documenting them. Instead, her works push the spectator to create their own new thoughts and discourses. She stages a society where rules are replaced, and roles shift unexpectedly. By testing time, the surreal becomes real. The world is an overlooked scenario inhabited by the characters of Raúl Ruiz’s books and films, modern pirates and dreamers dealing with the philosophical curiosity and contradictions that layer Johan van der Keuken’s filmmaking. Lamas reclaims individual critical traits, many of which have been historically, politically, and artistically threatened—and she does so fearlessly. –M.S.

Two months after the U.S. premiere of THE TOWER (2015) at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York (“First Look” Festival), and just two days before her feature film ELDORADO XXI has its North American premiere at Lincoln Center and MoMA’s (“New Directors/New Films” series), we have the opportunity to experience a selection of Salomé Lamas’ earlier work at UnionDocs.



2013, 26 min, 1-channel projection adapted from 3-channel installation, color, sound, HD. U.S. Premiere.

“The [nautical chart] Padrão Real was a secret map, guarded from the eyes of foreign spies, changed and reworked with the comings and goings of each expedition. The map that the navigators followed has been lost, and what remains of it is a stolen copy, made from memory by one of the cartographers in order to outwit enemies” (Salomé Lamas).

Exhibited at: National Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Temps d’Images (Portugal, 2013); DocLisboa (Portugal, 2013); Rome Film Festival (Italy, 2013); Arsenal, Institut fur Film and Videokunst e.V. (Germany, 2014); Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (Canada, 2014); Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (France, 2014); Serralves Museum (Portugal, 2015); Panorama of European Cinema (Egypt, 2015); etc.


2012, 29 min, color, sound, HD. North American Premiere.

Inspired by Bas Jan Ader’s film series FALL (1970-1971), and shot at the center of a volcanic crater referred to as Sete Cidades, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. “While filming I felt the urge to formalize landscape through language games. Landscape becomes a dangerous playground. When one is young one is daring and stupid, you grow older and you tend to lose the daringness and get less stupid. We change the rules as we go along”-S. Lamas.

Exhibited at: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (Switzerland, 2015); Tampere Film Festival (Finland, 2015); VIS-Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria, 2015); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico, 2015)Cinéphémère-FIAC Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (France, 2013); Lima Independiente (Peru, 2014); Arsenal, Institut fur Film and Videokunst e.V. (Germany, 2014); FID International Film Festival, Marseille (France, 2013); Rencontres Internationales in Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Germany, 2013); Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Germany, 2012); etc. New Talent/FNAC Award – Indie Lisboa, 2012; Best Short Film – International Short Festival Belgium, 2012.


2010-2012, 39 min, color, sound, including video footage by Cristina Lamas, HD. North American Premiere.

Salomé Lamas: “The embroidery draws maps, the relation between a mother and a daughter. Time past and time present, if all time is eternally present all time is unredeemable. ‘It was a school exercise, I would use what was close to me, what was domestic and you were part of it’. Fourteen years have past. I take her images; I compel her to answer me. She is the mother. She is the daughter. She is my mother”.

Exhibited at: Darb1718 (Egypt, 2015); Circo 2.12 Cineclub Revolución (Mexico, 2014); Transcinema (Peru, 2014); Slowtrack Gallery Madrid (Spain, 2013); Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2013); Impakt Film Festival Utrecht (The Netherlands, 2010); etc.

As a complement to the screening of ENCOUNTERS WITH LANDSCAPE (3X), here there is FALL II (2011), a 1-minute video by Salomé Lamas, “an homage to Bas Jan Ader’s homonymous film work, where he rides a bicycle into an Amsterdam canal”:

Special thanks to the Portuguese Short Film Agency, O Som e a Fúria, the Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Lincoln Center, and MoMA.

95 min

About the Filmmaker:

HEADSHOT - Salome LamasSalomé Lamas (Lisbon) studied cinema and fine arts both in Portugal and Amsterdam, and has exhibited her work widely both in the context of the art gallery and the film theater. Rather than conventionally dwelling in the periphery between cinema and the visual arts, fiction and documentary, she has made these languages her own, challenging the lines between genres and modes of exhibition. Her work has been awarded and showcased at NIMK Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, BAFICI, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, MNAC Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, DocLisboa, MoMA, Guggenheim Bilbao, Pacific Film Archive, Milano Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Moving Images NY, Fid Marseille, Cinéma du Réel, UCLA Hammer Museum, Jewish Museum NY, etc. Lamas has been awarded fellowships at CPH: LAB, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Yaddo, and MacDowell Colony.

About the curator:

HEADSHOT - Monica SavironMónica Savirón (Madrid) studied Latin literature, art history, and journalism in Spain. She is an experimental filmmaker, writer, and curator whose work explores the cinematic possibilities of sound and avant-garde poetics. A Consulting Editor of the film journal La Furia Umana, her essays about avant-garde and artists’ cinema have been published internationally. As a programmer, she has organized shows at Microscope Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, among others. Her films and videos have been exhibited at more than fifty major festivals around the world, including Artists’ Film and Moving Image Biennial in London; EXiS, Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul; Projections New York Film Festival; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Edinburgh International Film Festival; ARKIPEL in Jakarta; MESSAGE TO MAN in Saint-Petersburg; and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.


Mar 20, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


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