03 August, 2022

We’re delighted to introduce this Cinema Futures and the Museum of Contemporary Art - the case of Reina Sofía, lecture with programmer and curator Chema González, set to take place on August 9th, at Kino Klubi, 

This lecture will analyze the functions and articulations of cinema in the modern and contemporary art museum, using Museo Reina Sofía (Spain, Madrid) as a case study. Museo Reina Sofia is one of the major cultural institutions devoted to the rethinking the art institution, its publics and what is at stake in the current museum in a global scenario. The lecture will address the transformations of cinema throughout the museum's main activities: history being discussed in collection display, the laboratory of image-making in the temporary exhibitions and the museum as an alternative cinematheque in the regular film programming. 

The lecturer is programmer and curator, Chema González, who has explored the relationship between contemporary art and film and has produced an extensive and regular audiovisual program around cinema- essay, political documentary, experimental cinema and auteur-film cinema at Museo Reina Sofia (Spain), an international institutional where he works as film and public programs curator. Main strands in his work are to recover silenced gazes that question orthodox histories of cinema, to reconnect film practice with a committed political and theoretical space, and to understand cinema as a determining art to transform our construction and interpretation of the world. Among his recent projects are retrospectives of Peter Watkins, Gonzalo García-Pelayo, Kidlat Tahimik, Chantal Akerman, Sarah Maldoror, Wang Bing, Derek Jarman and Jean-Marie Straub and Danièlle Huillet and themed series such as Black Film Matters (1920-2020), Possible Futures. Cinema and Worlds to Come, Guy Debord and René Viénet, from Lettrism to Situationism, No Shelter. Images of Contemporary Exile, among others. He has been jury at international festivals, such as DocLisboa and DocumentaMadrid, and has presented and organized film series at BFI London, DocLisboa, Centre Pompidou, CCCB Barcelona, FICCALI, CineEspaña Toulouse, Festival de Sevilla, Punto de Vista, CGAI, Filmoteca Catalana, Filmoteca Española or Tabakalera Donosti. He has curated exhibitions with moving image artists by the likes of David Lamelas, Akram Zaatari, William Kentridge, Hala Elkoussy, Hito Steyerl and Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci-Lucchi.