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FICX Focus exhibitions will be dedicated to Eli Cortiñas and Johann Lurf

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Two exhibitions dedicated to artists Eli Cortiñas and Johann Lurf confirm FICX’s commitment to support Spanish and European talents.


FICX 56th edition keeps its interest in edgy and groundbreaking cinema, that’s why we will bring to our city two of the most important filmmakers on the European scene. In both cases, Focus will be the first exhibition dedicated to their work in Spain.

Berlin-based artist Eli Cortiñas (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1979) studied in the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and in the European Film College in Ebeltoft. Her works have been showed in several renowned museums and exhibitions: Brussels, Berlin, London, Innsbruck, Paris, Moscow and Frankfurt, among others. Cortiñas bases great part of her work on confronting visual memory of the present by reinterpreting previous materials or using her own images.

Moreover, Cortiñas has expressed her perception of art and the world through collages and sculptures. Her work, able to generate deep thoughts in the audience, approaches in a particular way the feminine models of representation in our society. In collaboration with Gijón Local Cultural Foundation and Gender Equality Office, FICX is dedicating a Focus exhibition to her, curated by Alfredo Aracil, including screenings, meet-and-greet events and a video installation in Antiguo Instituto Cultural Centre.

Likewise, FICX is highlighting Johann Lurf’s visual work. The audience will be able to enjoy a programme consisting of two sessions: one showing a careful selection of his short films −innovative works on the study of space and time in moving images−; the other showing his first feature film “★”, an interstellar journey through the history of cinema made up of shots of clear starry night skies from more than 550 films, organised in chronological order.
Lurf (Vienna, 1982) studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Slade School of Art in London, and graduated from Harun Farocki's Art and Film Studio. His work has been shown at numerous international film festivals such as Sudance, Rotterdam, Toronto, Viennale and Karlovy Vary, among others.

After its screening in Xixón International Film Festival, Johann Lurf’s film series will be also screened in the Galician Centre of Image Arts (CGAI) and the Valencian Institute of Culture (IVAC).
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2018