Yael Bartana

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (online)
September 28 - October 18, 2020

The Undertaker

This film follows an obscure figure as she is leading her swarm of armed followers in a ceremonial march on the way to perform a mass burial ritual. Carrying a variety of weapons from different historical contexts, the choreographed group strides through numerous locations, eventually being guided by their leader to the burial site in which they dispose of the weapons they possess. Rather than a memorial to the dead, the group creates a human monument for the living, linked up with ghosts of the past. Addressing notions of militarism, nationhood, belonging, and memory, The Undertaker blurs the lines between fact and fiction and calls attention for the function of weapons in the perpetuation of our systems of violence, repression, and displacement.

 

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October 1, 2020
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