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The Incurable-ImageCurating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts$
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Tarek Elhaik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403351

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.001.0001

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Post-Mexican Fugue1(Farewell to ¡Que Viva Mexico!)

Post-Mexican Fugue1(Farewell to ¡Que Viva Mexico!)

(p.103) Chapter Four Post-Mexican Fugue1 (Farewell to ¡Que Viva Mexico!)
The Incurable-Image

Tarek Elhaik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the watershed curatorial project Mexperimental: 60 Years of Avant-Garde Media Arts from Mexico. Curated in 1998 by Jesse Lerner and Rita Gonzalez as a visual and conceptual probe into the post-Mexican condition, Mexperimental has had an enduring impact on the ethics of curation and pedagogy of moving images. One of the incurable-images of Mexican modernity and visual culture is the maguey plant, which has left an enduring impression on the anthropological, political, optical, and curatorial unconscious of post-revolutionary Mexico. The chapter examines three contemporary experimental documentaries that propose an alternative montage to nationalist and vanguardista uses of the maguey: Rubén Gámez's Magueyes (1962), Olivier Debroise's Un Banquete En Tetlapayac (2000), and Jesse Lerner's Magnavoz (2006).

Keywords:   post-Mexican condition, Mexperimental, curation, incurable-image, maguey plant, experimental documentaries, Magueyes, Un Banquete En Tetlapayac, Magnavoz, Jesse Lerner

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