This two-channel 25-minute video by Bolivian-born artist Claudia Joskowicz documents a slow-motion journey along a major boulevard in El Alto, the site of violent protests during the Bolivian gas conflict of 2003.
These tensions shadow Joskowicz’s tracking shot of the avenue (inspired, in part, by Ed Ruscha’s conceptual 1966 accordion book of photographs Every Building on the Sunset Strip).
A re-enacted faceoff between protesters and armed military officers, and images of an Indigenous parade, are mixed with everyday scenes exploring the impacts of political upheaval. Until December 9/2018
Also at RIC until December 9th – ‘The Flávio Story’ by GORDON PARKS. Published in Life magazine in June 1961, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro. The images provide an in-depth look at Parks’ most celebrated photo essay in the context of Cold War politics in the United States and Brazil.
And in the Main Gallery until December 9th – ‘Terremoto Mexico, 1985′, is an extensive look at Mexico City’s massive earthquake that killed 10,000 and left more than 250,000 homeless. An important turning point in Mexican society, the terremoto bolstered sentiments of collectivity and social activism among citizens and photographers alike.
The RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE (RIC) is located at 33 Gould Street downtown. Admission is FREE.