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Dream States: Video and the Political Imaginary

Film still from Sleep with Me, 2015 (Ruth Patir), digital video, color HD, sound, 01:35 min.
Image courtesy of the artist.
Featured Artists: T.R. Uthko & Ant Farm, Keren Cytter, Ruth Patir, The Propeller Group


When the reality of our current political moment appears to be governed by fictive media, the dream-like, scripted form of film is suddenly prescient and vital. Dream States is a screening program of contemporary video art that exploits the narrative conventions of television and cinema to delve into a collective desire and unconscious that lurks behind our political state.

Accompanying Dream States is a selection of performance videos by pioneering artist and curator Martha Wilson. Located in the gallery spaces in both Medford and Boston, the screening series Martha Wilson: Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same consists of key works from Wilson’s First Ladies series, as well as her recent piece, Martha Does Donald.

Dream States is curated by Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Screening: Ellen Cantor's "Pinochet Porn", presented by Lia Gangitano

Tuesday, September 19
6-9 pm

Anderson Auditorium

Pinochet Porn - 2008 - 2016, 2:03 hours
Directed by Ellen Cantor (1961 – 2013)
Special screening with an introduction and Q&A with Lia Gangitano and Liz Munsell

Pinochet Porn is a complex, epic film that traces the psychic life of General Augusto Pinochet’s regime in Chile through the lives of five children and their maturation into adulthood. Produced using Super 8 mm, archival footage, and animated drawings, Pinochet Porn is an extensive and experimental project of the late artist Ellen Cantor (1961 – 2013) that takes the form of a soap opera, at once tragic and comical, and marked by a subversive sexuality.

Lia Gangitano is the founding director of PARTICIPANT INC., a not-for-profit alternative art space that acts a venue for artists, curators, and writers to develop ambitious projects. She was the curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, and an associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Liz Munsell is the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & Special Initiatives at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. Previously, she served as a visiting curator at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2006, Munsell holds a BA in International Letters and Visual Studies from Tufts University, with a minor in Latin American Studies, and a Masters in Cultural Studies from the Universidad de Chile. Since 2012 she has worked to establish the MFA as one of the first encyclopedic museums in the U.S. to fully integrate performance art into its exhibitions, programs, and collection.

Artist Talk: Keren Cytter

Tuesday, October 10
6-9 pm

Anderson Auditorium

Keren Cytter is an Israeli artist and writer. Her video-art practice centers on the integration of text, absurd fragmentation, and the use of intertextuality. Cytter’s written scripts and their visual realizations prompt questions about language and its role in the construction of representational tropes. Recent exhibitions include Pilar Corias Gallery, London, EN; Matthew Gallery, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.