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Art in the Twenty-First Century: Borderlands

Art in the Twenty-First Century: Borderlands

Ava Wiland, Rafael Salazar Moreno

United States, Mexico | 2020 | 56 min
English, Spanish |
Subtitles: English
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In Borderlands, Art21 follows a group of accomplished artists — Tanya Aguiñiga, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Richard Misrach, Postcommodity — as they work along the U.S. – Mexico border. Their interrelated approaches combine in a striking response to one of the key events taking place in this region. This film subtly explores how contemporary art reveals the new and unexpected, and it invites viewers to challenge their preconceived ideas about places covered by the mass media. Ultimately, this documentary fosters a sense of empathy for this border territory that is among the most scrutinized and disrupted in North America.
Artecinema, Italy (2020)
Director Rafael Salazar Moreno, Ava Wiland
Production Ava Wiland
Editing Russell Yaffe
Cinematographer Rafael Salazar Moreno

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Ava Wiland

Ava Wiland

Ava Wiland is the creative producer, co-director, and co-founder of RAVA Films. Born in New York, and raised in Santiago, Chile, Ava’s international upbringing and travels strongly influence her work ethic and creative energy. Ava brings a balance of technical know-how and aesthetic innovation to the projects she spearheads. She is best known for producing shorts and documentary series celebrating contemporary artists, including Art in the Twenty First Century (aired on PBS), the Webby-nominated series New York Close Up, FIELDWORKS, and smARTpower (supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs). Ava creative produces and manages all of RAVA’s stories and takes the lead when it comes to budgets, schedules, and complex production logistics. In 2016 and 2017, the US Department of State tapped Ava as a Film Envoy” to Ethiopia and Panama through the American Film Showcase cultural diplomacy program.

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Rafael Salazar Moreno

Rafael Salazar Moreno

Rafael Salazar Moreno is a director, cinematographer, editor, and the co-founder of RAVA Films.

In 2011 he channeled his experience as video journalist into his first short film Camilo” (2011, 16 min) which was selected to festivals such as Urbanworld Film Fest, Gasparilla International Film Festival and London Latin American Film Festival. For the last 9 years Rafa’s work has orbited the art world, exploring the creative process and struggles of emerging artists through the Webby-nominated web series New York Close Up for Art21, and showcasing how art becomes a tool for social transformation through the web series FIELDWORKS, in collaboration with the socially-engaged arts non-profit A Blade of Grass.

His latest short film brings together his two passions: art and narrative films. Unfinished, 2017 (Mixed Media)” (2017, 17 min) captures the critical but commonplace experience of an artist who has to confront the fear of no longer making art. Unfinished was selected in numerous internationally-recognized film festivals including Palm Springs ShortFest and the Miami and Edinburgh International Film Festivals.

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Unfinished (2017)
Camilo (2011)

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