The Contemporary Art Modern Project presents Bego M. Santiago: Loop Diaries, which immerses the viewer in Santiago’s video installation series, Loop Diarios. Drawing from Freud's text and the surrealist and dadaist poem-objects, the project deals with "the everyday and the sinister" through that of the individual's relationship with their personal objects; the everyday; repetitive actions; boredom and intimacY.
Loop Diarios is in turn a proposal of Expanded Cinema, where each Loop can function separately or be part of a more complex whole. This system gives flexibility to the project. On this occasion, The CAMP Gallery presents 9 of the Loops that make up the project, 8 in single-channel format and one of them in video-installation format. The exhibition is a scenographic presentation where video, space, and everyday objects are merged through multiple video installations.
This exhibition sees Santiago’s introspection, or rumination, on her past and present in the form of repetitive video loops that function as a childhood diary re-written by a present-day adult, forging an intimate and sincere reflection on the mundane phenomena that constructs the Self: family, society, and experience
An interdisciplinary visual artist, Bego M. Santiago focuses on the use of light as a pictorial and sculptural tool. Her work explores the feedback between the real and the represented, through binomials such as: real–false, presence–absence and original–copy. Light is for her a tool of simulation and optical illusion capable of giving life to inanimate objects, blurring the boundaries between reality and consciousness.
Loop Diarios is an autobiographical film project, an intimate diary, which combines a series of videos dating to 2005 that can be viewed as loops. Drawing from Freud's text and the surrealist and dadaist poem- objects, the project deals with "the everyday and the sinister" through that of the individual's relationship with their personal objects; the everyday; repetitive actions; boredom and intimacy
An autobiography that represents the individual through poetic interpretation, and whose looped narration leads us to the idea of "eternal return". In it, events are not presented in a linear way, but cyclically, and once a cycle of events is completed, they occur again with other circumstances, but basically being analogous.
— Bego M. Santiago
In this cyclical narration, what is sought is that which transcends the being, the heavy, and which rests in the most banal actions of everyday life, the lightweight. The narrative moves, therefore, through the intersections between dichotomies such as presence and absence; truth and falsehood; original and copy. A territory where lightness is the negation of myth and weight is the acceptance of it, and where the essence of existence advances through time subject to the sweet law of repetition.
Renderings for the exhibiton, courtesy of Bego M. Santiago
Santiago’s video installation work is characterized by a submerging of the viewer into a liminal plane replete with the vague aura of memory and a longing for something unnamed—and missing. She does this by capitalizing on the feedback loops that exist between the dichotomies of existence, namely true– false, reality–dream, and internal–external, transforming the banality of everydayness into a playground wherein one can meditate on their nature as a living being.
The surreal and almost voyeuristic descent into the memories of one person prompts the audience to revisit their own humanity by way of contemplation, bearing witness to a reconstruction of events and experiences present in all humans’ histories whilst simultaneously highlighting the limits of taking memory at face-value.
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