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Patricia Esquivias

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Patricia Esquivias

Venezuelan-born artist Patricia Esquivias creates videos that weave found images, history, and personal anecdotes into narratives that convey her insights about contemporary culture. Esquivias acts as narrator in these vignettes, in which she presents clips from videos and magazines, photos, drawings, and other small objects. The camera is often trained on Esquivias’s laptop and the gallery visitor sees only her hands scrolling through digital images, playing videos, and inserting physical pictures as she speaks. Her monotone voice and meandering style of storytelling belie the significant planning and intention that she puts into presenting her paired subjects, which have included Julio Iglesias and King Philip II, Spanish raves and an associate of Francisco Franco, as well as herself and the artist Susan Brown. The connections that Esquivias creates in her videos are often idiosyncratic and difficult to locate, offering the viewer an opportunity for contemplation and discovery.

 

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By Emily Gonzalez
Patricia Esquivias combines historical narratives and personal anecdotes in videos that convey her wry insights about contemporary culture. The camera is often trained on the artist’s laptop, wall, or desk, and the viewer sees only her hands scrolling through digital images, playing videos, and inserting pictures—magazine cutouts and prints—before the camera while her voice narrates these vignettes. Her speech pattern has many breaks, pauses, and repetitions, and although she uses notes, her narration feels unscripted and off-the-cuff, belying the intention and planning behind her work. Esquivias has lived in a variety of places throughout her life: born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Madrid, she attended school in London and San Francisco and has been awarded residencies in Skowhegan, Maine; Brussels; and Stuttgart, Germany. Now back in Madrid, she has also lived in both New York and Guadalajara, Mexico. These places have become the inspiration for and locations of many of her works. Her videos are records of the places she has been and the stories she has collected through her travels. More

 

 

Organized by Emily Gonzalez, curatorial assistant.

 

Hammer Projects is made possible through a major gift from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Additional generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; Kayne Foundation—Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.

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