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Mauricio arango
Seafarer
Experimental film | mov | color | 26'0'' | Colombia / USA | 2020
Seafarer is an experimental narrative film. It combines an essayistic style with field recordings, fragments of visual studies, experiments with actors, and fictionalized reflection on artistic production rooted in personal experience. It presents a single monologue over mostly long-take shots depicting quotidian moments shot across New York City: a sunset over the Hudson River; people at the beach; a film projected in a movie theater; golfers at a course in Chelsea Piers, and so on. The visual montage is linked by a ruminative, first-person voiceover by Miami-based singer, Little Annie, who performs the character of an anonymous film director. Her haunting words, spoken with humor and earnestness, offer a meditation on the cracks in her life as an artist. They touch on a variety of topics, including our ambiguous relation with capital, the complex relationship between actors and directors, the experience of being in a cinema, and the periods when new ideas are scarce. Seafarer keenly elicits tensions between observer and creator, and what is scripted and what is captured by chance.
Mauricio Arango was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in New York City. He is an alumnus of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum and has participated in residences at Headlands Art Center in San Francisco, the MacDowell Artist Colony, USA; Museo El Barrio, New York. He earned and MFA from the University of Minnesota. His films have been screened at art and film festivals including New Directors/New Films at the Lincoln Film Society and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kino Der Kunst, Münich; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; FiD Marseille, Rencontres Internationales, Paris; IndieLisboa, Lisbon. He has received awards in the form of financial support from institutions including The Foundation For Contemporary Art, New York; RivieraLab Coproduction Fund, Mexico; Secretary of Culture, Colombia; Filmmakers Fund, Rooftop Films, New York; Matt Robert Arts, London; Bush Foundation For the Arts, Saint Paul, USA; The Jerome Foundation, New York; the National Fund for the Arts from the National Association of Latino Artists and Communities, USA; and The Minnesota State Arts Board, among others.