Video of the Week: Regalos (Gifts)

This weeks video of the week is a bumper package – containing 2 videos freely available online – each featuring the contemporary Boston-based artist, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons:

“a woman, an expatriate, and a Cuban, [she] makes art about identity and memory. Like all good art that begins in the personal, her work echoes the lives of all Black people rooted in Cuba, and of legions of fellow travelers from around the world at the turn of the 21st century. Born in Cuba of Nigerian ancestry… She settled [in Boston] not because she wanted to leave Cuba, but because she married a Bostonian. She decided to stay, to make a marriage, to have children, to live as one from somewhere else. ” (via North Dakota Museum of Art http://www.ndmoa.com/campos/index.html)

The first is a short video of a performance Regalos (Gifts) Campos-Pons gave at the opening of “Everything Is Separated By Water” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in February 2007.

The second video is a focussed exploration of the work of Campos-Pons through a lecture by the artist also given in 2007  as part of the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series hosted by the College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts, Boston University.

Campos-Pons’ De Las Dos Aguas was one of the artworks exhibited in Tate Liverpool’s 2010 exhibition Afro Modern: Journey’s through the Black Atlantic. Her profile page on the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website describes her multidisciplinary work as follows:

“Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ work of the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations. Campos-Pons’ work emerges from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present. Installation art, performative photography and cultural activism define the core of Campos-Pons’ practice of the last two decades. A cross collaboration with musician composer and husband, Neil Leonard, that started in 1988, has complemented and enriched the scope of Campos-Pons’ work. Together they founded GASP, a lab and studio for the 21st century. She has lectured from the Tate Modern to the Brooklyn Museum and the School of Art in Dakar.”

To find out more about the work of this artist click here.

To see more images of this artist work click the links below:

North Dakota Museum of Art

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

Universe in Universe

Liverpool Biennial

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