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Tamar Guimaraes

Soap: Epidode 5 - Moses And Monotheism

Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 27:0 | Royaume-Uni, Brésil | 2021

SOAP, 2020-ongoing, imagines what it would take to create a soap opera with which to infiltrate, and influence, the conspiratorial far right in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. A group of idealistic left-wing intellectuals join forces to play a populist system at its own game. Through the initial five episodes, the heroes struggle to chart a course through their own ideas and ideologies by way of quotidian dramas and veiled intrigues. But how can this small group of artists, writers and activists overcome the struggle of principles, their internal bickering and the absurdities of their own privilege to create something that resonates and has real impact with their target audience? IN Episode 5, ‘MOSES AND MONOTHEISM’, concepts clash ferociously, hand puppets scream and pray, renowned Genocide Scholars are accosted and conspiracies bleed across borders. Meanwhile, as the left-wing infiltrators struggle to make sense of their own intentions, entertaining the idea of creating a YouTube series aimed at the evangelic Brazilians, the Querdenkers (a movement that fuses protesters against Covid measures with the far-right scene thriving on a sense of crisis and apocalypse) move through plague-time Berlin like a danse macabre.

Tamar Guimarães (b. Belo Horizonte, BR, lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin) is a visual artist working with film and other forms of time based media. She often works with actors alongside non- actors in semi-fictional films. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Jeu de Paume Satellite, Paris; Gasworks, London and the IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Guimarães’ works have been included at the 33rd, 31st and the 29th São Paulo Biennial; the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial; the International Exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennial; at the LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA); Baltimore Museum of Art (USA); the 11th Sharjah Biennial (UAE); the Banff Centre, Alberta (CA); Malmö Museum (SE); the Guggenheim Museum, NY (USA); the SculptureCenter (NY/USA); the 7th Gwangju Biennial (SK); the 3rd Guanghzhou Triennial (CN); the Jumex museum, Mexico (MX); Frac/Le Plateau, Paris (FR); CAC Synagogue de Delme (FR) and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE). Her work has been screened at the Berlinale Forum Expanded (2019); Blackout, International Film Festival Rotterdam (2019); VIDEONALE, Bonn (2018); Anthology Film Archive, New York (2016); CPH:DOX (2013 and 2007); Images Film Festival and Experimental Media Congress, Toronto, Canada (2010); Architektur-Visionen # 1-6, Metropolis Kino, Hamburg (2015); Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris and Berlin (2014); TRAMWAY art film biennial, Glasgow (2012); Viennale Film Festival, Vienna (2011); and Oberhausen Film Festival (2009) among others. Guimarães’ work is represented in the collections of the Tate Modern (UK); the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, N.Y. (USA); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (ES); Kadist Foundation (SF); Inhotim (BR); Frac Lorraine (FR); Guandong Museum (CN) and Cisneros Fontan- als Art Foundation (USA). She was awarded the 2018 Faena Prize for the Arts, Faena Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the 2014 Edstrandska Foundation Prize, Malmö, Sweden; the 2012 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants and Commissions Prize, Miami, USA; was the receiver of a three-year work grant from the Danish Arts Council and was nominated for the 2018 Prize The Future of Europe, Leipzig, Germany.