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'Flowers': Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña in Upstream Gallery

Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña
8 June - 20 July 2013

The latest video of León and Cociña, titled ‘Los Andes’ (2013), recently had it’s premiere at the opening of the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale at the Latin-American Pavilion (Arsenale). From the 8th of June ‘Los Andes’ can be seen at Upstream Gallery, which has been representing the duo since 2010.

Alongside ‘Los Andes’, León and Cociña will present a one-off installation of a work in progress: their first full length film ‘La Casa Lobo’. The artists are right in the middle of making this film and by presenting it as a work in progress they offer a unique insight into their artistic working process. A part of the film will be shot at Upstream Gallery itself where the duo will create a set, which together with the remaining objects will be part of the installation. It is the first time that parts of the unfinished film are exhibited.

With their experimental films, Leon and Cociña create a new interpretation of the religious symbolism and magical rituals that are deeply rooted in the traditional culture of Latin America. The narrative plays a key role. The surrealistic, esoteric films of Chilean underground filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky but also the aesthetics of children’s fairy tales are sources of inspiration for the duo. For the production of their films they combine different techniques such as photography, drawing, sculpture, dance and performance.

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Upstream Gallery
Van Ostadestraat 294
1073 TW Amsterdam

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