(In the sand the shadow has bathed)

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro

AA Gallery 13/3/2019 - 22/3/2019

Private View Wednesday, 13 March at 6.30pm
Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00

"On the 23rd of January Juan Guaidó defied the decrepit power of Maduro by proclaiming himself President of Venezuela in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, I was eating a shawarma watching TV in the frontier town of Maicao, Colombia. Everyone started watching in awe as a civil war that will redefine Latin America began."

- Álvaro F. Pulpeiro

This exhibition introduces us to the partial universe of Álvaro F Pulpeiro's current film in production alongside an accompanying photo essay. Pulpeiro’s most recent work, recorded between 20 January – 15 February 2019, is a collection of ongoing research for a feature film that is being shot in and around Venezuela. Concerned with two central topics: Venezuela and petrol, Pulpeiro showcases his investigations in petrol smuggling and border economies, lived by irreverent and landless characters who survive and even thrive through contraband activities that defy the yoke of enemy governments and their imposed rules and borders.

This photography series travels from the heart of the arid and indigenous petrol crazed Guajira Desert, to old trucks driven by Venezuelan oil pirates that rush through clandestine scrubland trails carrying at least 70 barrels of 250 liters of gasoline each, and finally we venture into the ghost city of Maracaibo, where the largest oil reserves in the world sit being exploited sloppily by PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela).

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro (Galicia, 1990) is a filmmaker and writer currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2015 he graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where he was part of the collective of young artists curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist, 89+. During that time he researched and filmed what became his first feature film, Nocturno: Ghosts of the Sea in Port (72',2017), set in a shark fin fishing vessel in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. It had its international premiere at the Official Selection for Documentaries at the EIFF in Edinburgh and the Llendes Competitive Selection of FICX in Gijón. The film is still playing all over the world, from Miami to New York, Mexico City to Madrid. After completing two short films he is now shooting a feature length project about Venezuela, its borders and oil.

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