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Photo by Courtesy of the artist

Ana Vaz

Ways of Looking

May 25 - July 12, 2023
Location

On the High Line at 14th St.

Ana Vaz is an artist and filmmaker who pursues the possibilities of what a camera can do and what a film can be. Her virtuosic and mesmerizing “film-poems” examine different chapters in the history of Brazil, specifically the lasting effects of colonialism on the land, plants and animals, and people. Vaz’s films effortlessly oscillate between myths and official archives, personal stories, and abstract, undulating musings on our relationship to the land and one other. Vaz is also a founding member of the collective COYOTE, an interdisciplinary group working across ecology and political science through an array of conceptual and experiential forms.

For the High Line, Vaz shares three films that each takes a different posture. 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (2020) is a series of attempts at looking at being looked at. Vaz realized the film collaboration with high school students Vera Almaral and Mário Neto in response to a commission from Lisbon’s Galerias Municipais and the educational outreach program Descola (Unschool). The film is a kaleidoscope of the experiences, questions, and wonders of the students who, over a period of one year with Vaz, questioned what cinema can be. The work Apiyemikyeki? (2019) takes up the lenses of archives and anthropology, examining the records of Egydio and Doroti Schwade, educators and Indigenous rights militants working with the Waimiri-Atroari in the Amazon in the 1970s. At the request of the Waimiri-Atroari, the Schwades’ initiated literary processes, at first using drawing exchanges based on Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy. The film animates and transposes dozens of the drawings from the Schwades’ archive, following the story of the genocide that made way for the BR-174 highway connecting the cities of Manaus and Boa Vista. An earlier film, Há Terrra! (There is Land) (2016) shows Vaz’s early interest in the camera as itself an active participant in making a film. She describes the work: “Há Terra! is an encounter, a hunt, a diachronic tale of looking and becoming. As in a game, as in a chase, the film errs between character and land, land and character, predator and prey.”

Ana Vaz, Ways of Looking, is organized by Melanie Kress, Curator of High Line Art.

Artist bio

Ana Vaz (b. 1986, Brasília, Brazil) lives and works between Paris, France, and Brasília, Brazil. Her films have been screened at numerous international festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2020); 12th Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan (2020); New York Film Festival, New York, New York (2019); and Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelengths, Toronto, Canada (2016). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Matadero Madrid, Spain (2019), and LUX Moving Images, London, England (2018); and presented in notable group exhibitions and screenings, including Shéhérazade, At Night, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2022); Works in Progress, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2021); Meta-Archive 1964-1985: Space for Listening and Reading on the Histories of the Military Dictatorship in Brazil, Sesc-Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil (2019); Ecologies of Darkness, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (2019); and Eco-Visionaries, Royal Academy, London, England (2019), and MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); and Out Here, Tate Modern, London, England (2018). She is a recipient of the Sundance Film Institute Nonfiction Grant (2019); Film Society of Lincoln Center Kazuko Trust Award (2015); and grand prizes at Punto de Vista Film Festival (2020), 25FPS (2020), Cinéma du Réel (2016), Media City Film Festival (2015), Fronteira Experimental and Documentary Film Festival (2015). Her films are in the public collections of CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques), Paris, France; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France; and Kadist, San Francisco, California, and Paris, France.


Support

Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Charina Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams, and the National Endowment for the Arts.