Pinochet Porn

A film by Ellen Cantor

Canadian Centre for Architecture
Paul Desmarais Theatre
1920 Baile Street

February 20, 2019 - 6:30 pm

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DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the CCA presents a screening of Pinochet Porn by Ellen Cantor, with an introductory reading by Clara López Menéndez.

Only a few poets would promptly spot the romance and confront this perversion, rethink the beauty distilled from truth. “This is a poem, John… my great poem,” said Ellen Cantor to John Brattin about Pinochet Porn. The human tendency towards unimaginable cruelty to one another and the hypocritical manner in which society deals with—or conceals in plain sight—this fact “constituted the pornographic” for Ellen. (López Menéndez, Clara, “The Killing Fields Are Our Bordello,” 2017).

An epic experimental film, Pinochet Porn embodies – though a dizzying array of stories and narrative methods – the multifaceted work of artist Ellen Cantor. Using her 2004 series of eighty-two drawings, Circus Lives from Hell, as an unconventional “script,” Cantor worked on Pinochet Porn, her most ambitious project, for the last five years of her life.

The feature-length, episodic narrative about the intertwined lives of five children and their maturation into adulthood would be completed posthumously by Ellen Cantor’s close collaborators – including her cast and crew – according to her directives. Using Super 8mm film, archival video footage and digital animated drawings, Pinochet Porn takes the form of a soap opera, at once tragic and comic, marked by a subversive sexuality. Its story weaves between personal, political and historical circumstances, obliquely revolving around the political discord in Chile during the regime of General Augusto Pinochet. The film also documents an extended moment in New York and London avant-garde art and culture, featuring a range of artists, curators, writers, filmmakers, fixtures of the underground, musicians and their children.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jasmina Cibic: Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear.

Pinochet Porn
Ellen Cantor
2008-2016, 123 min, English and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Ellen Cantor, Lia Gangitano, Harri Kupiainen, Patrick Blumer, Stephen Ward, and Jim Fletcher

With: Michel Auder, Andrew Haynes, Tristan Hughes-Freeland, Jay Kinney, Rosalie Knox, Danny McDonald, Brandon Olson, Annabel Sexton, Spencer Sweeney, John Thomson, Sofia Elisabeth von Herrlich, Cerith Wyn Evans, Emma Nilsson, Bishi, James Jeanette, Princess Julia, Shandi Sullivan, Ryan Harman, Malcolm Hamilton, Kerry Davis, Artur Carlo Samperi Malagnino, Nuutti Kataja and Pablo León de la Barra

Director of Photography: John Brattin
Art Director: Jay Kinney
Animation: Cy Gavin
Director of Photography – London: Chris Hughes
Supervising Editor: Josh Thorso
Executive Producer: John Maybury
Directed by Ellen Cantor

Organized by Victoria Carrasco, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art

Biography

Clara López Menéndez is an art worker practicing in the fields of curating, pedagogy, art criticism and performance. Among her recent projects are A.K. Burns’s solo exhibition A Smeary Spot, at Human Resources LA, and the critical evening series It was quite a fiction, organized with Suzy Halajian. She is the co-curator, with Andrew Kachel, of the project A New Job to Unwork At, presented at Participant Inc. in New York City from August to October 2018. Her writing has appeared in Mousse, ARTNews, BOMB, Little Joe, and she has worked with Redcat, Participant Inc., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Die neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst and other organizations.

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CCA

The CCA is an international research centre and museum operating from the fundamental premise that architecture is a public concern.  Based on its extensive collection, exhibitions, public programmes, publications and research opportunities, the CCA is advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.

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Courtesy of the Estate of Ellen Cantor and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.