As part of their artistic partnerships programme, InSite/Casa Gallina needed to film the production of a piece of video art resulting from a performance created by the Brazilian artist Cadu. As a result of various visits to Mexico City, Cadu established ties with communities in the Santa María la Ribera neighbourhood. The final wpiece was the result of the artist’s collaborative work with two community groups, ‘The girls of yesterday, today and forever’, a dance group made up of older women, and ‘Weaving Another World’, a collective of activist weavers. The project was curated by Osvaldo Sánchez and Violeta Celis and produced by Sergio Olivares and Mariano Arribas. The sound recorder was Felix Blume. The final piece, Soy Mandala, was exhibited at the Amparo Museum in Puebla and the Jumex Museum in Mexico City.
The direction of photography for the project involved liaison with the artist, the production team and the choreographer for several weeks prior to filming to establish technical requirements and understand the core concepts of the work. Two additional camera operators were sub-contracted, Hardey Marttínez and Paulina del Paso, and over a period of three days, the performance was documented in video and still photography. The material was delivered on time to the client, ready for postproduction.
“As head of production for Insite/Casa Gallina, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Katri in the final filming of three artistic processes and I can say that in addition to a deep knowledge of audiovisual language and great technical skills, she has a profound understanding of the individual and the body – through her eyes she manages to bring the viewer closer to the body as a dynamic element and at other times, move the viewer away in order to understand character. Her wonderful sensibility connects easily with the subject and generates a deep empathy which allows the work to flow with confidence and tranquility.”
Sergio Olivares, Jefe de Producción, Insite/Casa Gallina