The Light Between Us
The Light Between Us is the second installment of a two-part Online Video Exhibition curated by Julio César Morales, with works by Allora & Calzadilla, Javier Castro, Petra Cortright, Ana Teresa Fernández, Kate Gilmore, Jennifer Locke, Anthony McCall, Ranu Mukherjee, Eamon Ore-Giron, Marco Rios, and Shahzia Sikander. Part One of the program, La Luz Entre Nosotros, is available to stream February 23–March 28, 2021.
Part Two of the program features a selection of videos that focus on sound, violence, and silence to explore physicality and longing. In Jennifer Locke’s Choke (2005), a silent wrestling practice takes a surprising turn, while Marco Rios’ Crygasm (2010) turns the camera on the artist’s own inability to cry. Other works, such as Returning A Sound (2004) by Allora & Calzadilla, counters the sonic violence imposed on Puerto Rico by U.S. military exercises over the course of 60 years. In the video, a local activist drives through the landscape on a moped whose muffler was replaced by a trumpet – giving voice back to the locals through an improvised soundtrack.
During a time of great uncertainty and opposition, the two-part video program looks to leading voices in contemporary art to cast light on our commonalities and encourage reflection on where we go from here. The videos address issues of labor, migration, loss, intimacy, and our relationship to the environment, both psychological and physical. Curated in the same vein as a vinyl record, side “A” contains the long play videos, while side “B” contain the shorter length videos that both address the topics at hand.