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Video by Héctor Zamora inaugurates Maczul’s exhibition room, in Venezuela

Tags: Héctor Zamora / Global Visions / Backroom Caracas / Maczul / Centro de Arte Los Galpones / Kelly Gordon

Héctor Zamora, O Abuso da História, 2014

Héctor Zamora’s (Mexico DF, 1974) 2014 video “O Abuso da História” [The Abuse of History] will inaugurate, on July 30th, 2016, Maczul’s Multimedea Room, in Maracaibo (Venezuela), where the work can be seen until September 30th. The screening happens in the context of the international project Global Visions: arte e imagen en movimiento, curated by Kelly Gordon, and organized by Backroom Caracas in collaboration with Maczul, Centro de Arte Los Galpones, and Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural. In Caracas, the video will be screened on July 28th, at the Centro de Arte Los Galpones


Shot at the internal courtyard of Sao Paulo’s Hospital Matarazzo at the eve of its demolition and replacement by a shopping center, “O Abuso da História” was conceived not only as archival of the performance, but also as an independent artwork. The 120 seconds video presents, through different angles inaccessible to the event’s spectators, an action coordinated by the artist in which performers (invisible to the camera) would through plant vases to the colonial building central courtyard through the windows that surround it. 


This political, ironic and incisive work – as the whole of the artist’s production – has received institutional praise worldwide, having also been featured at the show Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection.