• David Pérez Karmadavis, Fantasma (Phantom), 2012

    David Pérez Karmadavis, Fantasma (Phantom), 2012

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12 December 2012

Join ESCALA Director and Curator Dr Joanne Harwood as she discusses the ideas and artworks in Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition.

Time: 2-3pm in the University Space

Free, but booking essential through firstsite 01206 577067.

About the exhibition

The exhibition focuses on the work of David Pérez Karmadavis, a Guatemala-based artist who was born in the Dominican Republic in 1976. Karmadavis is a talented painter and illustrator who is perhaps best-known for his performance and video work, including Estructura completa(Complete Structure), which was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

This video, like many of Karmadavis’s works, focuses on the deep tensions, collaborative linkages and contradictory dynamics characterising the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic before and after the 2010 earthquake. After moving to Guatemala City in 2006 Karmadavis has also explored the human impact of Guatemala’s civil war (1960-1996) and the challenges of the country’s ongoing process of political, legal and cultural transition. Identificación (Identification), which raises awareness of continued killings in Guatemala City and the need for justice.

Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition has been guest curated by Dr Sanja Bahun in her capacity as Co-convenor of the Essex Transitional Justice Network (ETJN) and Professor Maria Cristina Fumagalli, both from the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS). Professor Fumagalli, is preparing a book on the literary and cultural history of the border between the Haiti and Dominican Republic funded by the Arts and Humanties Research Council and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Dr Bahun is a Senior Lecturer with expertise in international modernism. She is coordinating research activities in the Arts and Transitional Justice section.

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