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Art Center South Florida and MBC present A Documentary Abstraction: VALENCE, curated by Rachael Rakes

  • 22 Oct 2017
  • 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, OCT 22, 6:45p:

Art Center South Florida

and MBC present:

A Documentary Abstraction


Curated by Rachael Rakes

A VALENCE presents four works on social and historical abstraction curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring short films by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Tomashi Jackson, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, and Ana Vaz. Conversation with artists Lemmens and Ibghy immediately following the films.

Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels

Tomashi Jackson, 2014, 15 mins.

A work on the strange and sad intersection between Michael Brown and singer Michael Macdonald in the town of Ferguson, MO. Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels literally animates some of the themes and textures of Jackson’s sculptural work.


Ana Vaz, 2014, 15 mins.

Occidente layers images and conflates past and present in order to meditate on Portuguese colonial history and its legacies. A work of contrasts and counterpoints, the work examines the lines between exploration and tourism, resource and commodity, monuments and fictions.

Real Failure Needs no Excuse

Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, 2012, 22 mins.

Consisting of a series of movements conducted in an empty office building, Real failure Needs no Excuse imagines what Lemmens and Ibghy lucidly refer to as the “transgressive potential of non-productive action and its relation to labor, work, and the imagination.”


Coleen Fitzgibbon

16mm transfer to digital, b/w, sound, 8:22 minutes.

A spinning reel of microtext film records--warrants, debts, bank checks--that increasingly becomes mesmerically abstracted through speed and repetition.

Q&A with curator Rachael Rakes and filmmakers

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens after the screening

Complimentary Admission


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