The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Portrait of a nation

Canada | 2019 | 11 min
- Without dialogue
Cinematographer: Oswaldo Toledano
Sound: Christian Olsen
Director: Victor Arroyo
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


World Premiere - In attendance of the Director Victor Arroyo.

Portrait of a nation examines José María Velasco’s pastoral landscapes as instruments of surveillance and colonial violence. By juxtaposing ethnographic documentation with Velasco’s landscape paintings rephotographed with a surveillance camera, Victor Arroyo situates video tape and landscape painting as technologies of violence, producing depictions of landscape inaccessible to ordinary gaze. This video piece addresses the complexities of the political geography of race in Mexico, rendering landscape painting and video technologies as surveillance assemblages, normalizing the grounds for colonial violence.


Victor Arroyo

Filmography | Time is out of Joint (2018) ; Anna O and the Case of Displaced Memory (2017) ; MTL Nord (2016) ; Salix Tree (2015) ; Crisis (2014) ; Parc Mont-Royal (2013) ; Turcot (2012)

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