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STILL_MÓVIL – AECID, Centro Cultural de España Juan de Salazar, Asunción, Paraguay [2012]

Performance / Fotografía / Colaboração

The second stop for the touring exhibition STILL_MÓVIL was at Centro Cultural de España Juan de Salaza

Detailed information on the STILL_MÓVIL project:

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STILL_MÓVIL (2011-2015) is Vason’s first collection of co-creations with fifty choreographers, dancers and movement practitioners. Working with artists across South America, the project explored the relationship between stillness and movement, photography and dance, the image and the action. Each image was conceived as a new contemporary dance piece.

In 2011 La Red Sudamericana de Danza (an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of contemporary dance in South America) commissioned Manuel Vason to collaborate with fifty ‘experts of the movement’ with the aim to explore new strategies for the documentation of contemporary dance and, at the same time, generate a new testimony of the contemporary dance scene in South America. Working in ten countries in South America, Vason developed a methodology, which focuses on workshops, exercises and exchange between the participants. The result of the project was an itinerant exhibition containing 45 large size images and smaller size images, videos, text, drawings and a sound installation describing the process.

In one of the text accompanying the exhibition Natalia Ramírez Püschel, (art critic and sociologist) described STILL_MÓVIL as:

‘This is not about photographically documenting bodies in movement. Neither is it about constructing a pose for the camera. The concept of the project Still_Móvil is more complicated and asks us to openly observe the ways in which contemporary dance practices have been affected by other artforms. The project investigates the process of transformation of a dance piece into a photograph, an undertaking, which proposes asking whether that photograph could be considered as a dance experience, in what sense and why. The performance between the artist and his collaborators explores through the capacities of the photographic device, the transformation of the choreographers’ body as visual writing into a form that represents them. This encounter between dance, photography and performance, experiments with the possible relationships between the body’s presence and representation, movement and stillness, improvisation and organisation, spontaneity and construction, authenticity and artifice, intensity and language, process and ending. The process towards the images exhibited in Still_Móvil could be described as the creation of a photographic dance, developed with visual criteria, where the body captured in the composition signifies all that composition can possibly be.’

To accompany the STILL_MÓVIL exhibition La Red Sudamericana de Danza also commissioned a website and new essays by Zara Rodríguez Prieto, Andréa Bardawil, Fernando J. Garcia Barros, Alexandra Cuesta, Constanza Cordovez, André Lepecki, Natalia Ramírez Püschel, Helena Katz, Juliana Reyes, María José Cifuentes, Oswaldo Marchionda, Nayse López and Hayde Lachino.

‘Vason’s operation is to transform a pulsating coexistence of polyphonic possibilities into a final tonic chord.’

Helena Katz,

Art Historian and Dance Critic based in Sao Paulo,

‘Co-creation in this particular case implies a change in the role of the photographer. The photographer stops privileging his look through the objective to be a participant in the creation process.’

Zara Rodríguez Prieto,

Editor of Efimera Magazine

Efimera Revista, vol.3 n. 4, November 2012

‘Still_Móvil is still here and there moving, simultaneously adding and multiplying, as a rhizomatic proposal, trans, inter, multi, poly … Its relevance is to combine pretexts, contexts, texts … to allow us to re-move, move, see … and thus understand each other.’

Fernando J. Garcia Barros,

Director of mARTadero Art Centre.

The itinerant and interdisciplinary nature of the STILL_MÓVIL project, an initiative of Red Sudamericana de Danza (RSD) and Manuel Vason, essentially brings together two languages that constantly interact: photography and dance. With the goal of transforming a dance piece – a live work of art – into stillness and image, Manuel Vason travelled, between 2010 and 2011, through ten different South American countries, documenting the work of fifty creators, choreographers and dancers in collaborative residencies. The result is an unsettling creative material that consists of an itinerant exhibition, a book that will gather photo essays and a website with the documentation of the collaborative process. RSD is an initiative for integration and collaboration among different world-renowned actors of dance and culture belonging to South American countries. By favoring trainings, mobility and associative work spaces, Red links innovative forms of social organization to artistic development, besides supporting dance practices that research, in a broader context, new meanings in culture.

Co-creators: Alejandra Jara (Paraguay), Ana Cecilia Chung Oré (Peru), Ana Cecilia Moreno (Bolivia), Ana Chin-A-Loy (Venezuela), Angela Bello (Colombia), Carla Coronado (Peru), Carolina Besuievsky (Uruguay), Carolina Herman (Argentina), Claudia Vicuña (Chile), Cristian Duarte (Brazil), Diana Szeinblum (Argentina), Edith Correa (Paraguay), Esteban Donoso (Ecuador), Félix Oropeza (Venezuela), Flor Varela (Uruguay), Giselle Rodrigues (Brazil), Inés Coronado (Peru), Isabel Story (Venezuela), Iván Sánchez (Chile), Javiera Peón-Veiga (Chile), José Alvarez (Paraguay), Josie Cáceres (Ecuador), Juliana Moraes (Brazil), Klever Viera (Ecuador), Lorna Ortiz (Peru), Lucía Russo (Argentina), Luciana Acuña (Argentina), Marcelo Evelin (Brazil), María José Rivera (Bolivia), Mariana Marchesano (Uruguay), Miguel Jaime (Uruguay), Mirella Carbone (Peru), Morella Petrozzi (Peru), Natalia Aldana (Paraguay), NataliaOrozco (Colombia), Nuri Gutés (Chile), Patricia Mallarini (Uruguay), Pepe Santana (Peru), Ricardo Marinelli (Brazil), Rocío Rivera Marchevsky (Chile), Rommel Nieves (Venezuela), Santiago Turenne (Uruguay), Sergio Valenzuela (Chile), Sofía Mejia (Colombia), Sylvia Fernández (Bolivia), Tamia Guayasamin (Ecuador), Tino Fernández (Colombia), Valeria Andrade (Ecuador), Vanilton Lakka (Brazil), Vera Sala (Brazil).

Support and Acknowledgement

This project was made possible by a network of countless artists, researchers, producers, Ibero-American cultural centers and institutions, combined with the support of the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, in the Netherlands, the Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and the Montevideo Photography Center, in Uruguay.

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