Amor rojo screening by Dora García

  • Day: November 15
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Space: Auditori
  • Free activity with prior registration 
  • Duration: 90 minutes

In the context of the activities linked to the exhibition “Romeos, luchadorxs e insecto” by Dora García, which can be visited until February 4, 2024, we schedule the screening of Amor rojo (in progress), a video that is part of the trilogy directed by the artist, based on the life and legacy of Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952), as the result of an investigation that began in 2018.

Amor Rojo uses the figure of Kollontai, Marxist theorist and Soviet revolutionary, radical feminist and sexual activist, as a guide to navigate the labyrinth of female freedom, sexual emancipation and love as a weapon. The film seeks to make the necessary connections in a complex narrative that links an ocean from Moscow to Mexico, from 20th century socialist feminism to 21st century Latin American transfeminisms, from the promise of revolution to the final fulfillment of that promise.

Presented by: Dora García and Manuela Acereda

Alexandra Kollontai, activist and socialist, was the only woman to be part of the first Bolshevik government and a key figure in the organization of the October revolution. From 1922 to 1945 she was ambassador of the Soviet government to several countries, including Mexico. The title refers to the translation of his 1926 book Liubov’ pchel trudovikh (The Love of Working Bees), which was translated into English as Red Love in 1927, and was a watershed in Kollontai’s influence as a risky thinker who sought to revolutionize gender relations by questioning the conditions of dependence implicit in the traditional notion of love. For her, love could only be part of the social revolution if it was understood as “love-comradeship”, an inclusive and collective concept, based on care and mutuality.

Dora García studied Fine Art at the University of Salamanca and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In her work, of a markedly conceptual nature, she utilises different media, such as photography, installation, drawing, video, sound and online tools, creating situations or contexts that alter the traditional relationship between artist, work and spectator. She has presented solo exhibitions at MUSAC in León, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (MNCARS), CCCB and MACBA in Barcelona, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London, SMAK in Ghent, GfZK in Leipzig and Kunsthalle in Bern, among others. She has also participated in numerous biennials: Manifesta 2 (1998), Istanbul (2003), Sydney (2008), Lyon (2009), São Paulo (2010), Gwangju (2010), Venice (2011) and Documenta 13 (2012). In 2021, she received the National Prize for Visual Arts awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport.

Manuela Acereda is an specialist in feminist aesthetics and a La Lioparda Teatre company member. As a researcher, she moves between the academic and cultural worlds. Her areas of expertise are visual and performing arts, feminist critical theory, and education. Graduated in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid, she combines her studies in Anthropology with a master’s degree in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and also with a doctorate in Visual Arts and Education at the University of Barcelona. She obtained the DEA specialized in Visual Narratives and Feminist Research Methodologies.

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