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Stills from Anna Maria Maiolino, “In-Out Antropofagia (In-Out Anthropophagy)” (1973) (image courtesy the artist)

In conjunction with PST: LA/LA, the Getty’s sprawling, multi-venue initiative exploring Latin American and Latina/o art in LA, the Los Angeles Filmforum has organized an equally ambitious film series, Ismo Ismo Ismo, dedicated to experimental film and video in Latin America. The program, which began last Friday, continues this Thursday with a series of short films made by Chilean-born filmmaker and theorist Raúl Ruiz, focusing specifically on his interest in anthropology. These range from “El regreso de un ratón de bibliotecas” (1983), a dreamlike tour of Chile’s unstable political history (Ruiz fled Chile after the 1973 coup against Salvador Allende), to 2007’s “Le Don,” which features an anthropologist and her blind uncle sitting in a movie theater as images float past them on the screen.

Also included will be films from two of Ruiz’s Brazilian contemporaries, Arthur Omar and Anna Maria Maiolino, whose retrospective is currently on view at MOCA. Maiolino’s 1974 film “In-Out (Antropofagia)” features close-up shots of mouths making various expressions, while objects like eggs or threads go in or out of them, referring to the anthropological theory of “cultural cannibalism,” a central concept of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement. “O livro do Raoul” (1999) by Arthur Omar is an homage to Ruiz himself, and a consideration of the artistic and cinematic differences between their two countries. Curator Tarek Elhaik, who has written on Ruiz’s work, will also be present.

Raúl Ruiz, “Le retour d’un amateur de bibliothèques” (El regreso de un ratón de biblioteca/The Return of a Library Lover)” (1983) (© L’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel)

When: Thursday, September 28, 7–9pm ($15 – General Admission; $8 – Student; Free – MOCA / Filmforum Members)
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (Ahmanson Auditorium, 250 South Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.