Eli Cortiñas
Destined to Be Forever a Work in Progress


Eli Cortiñas (b. 1976, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) is a Berlin-based filmmaker and multimedia artist of Cuban descent. Her practice revolves around the idea of challenging cinematic memory by analyzing and re-editing appropriated footage and her own material. By disrupting and restructuring narratives, she positions editing as a form of writing that shifts meaning. An ongoing series of video and collage Destined to be forever a work in progress borrows its title from Alain Resnais’ 1956 film Toute la mémoire du monde, which depicts the National Library in Paris as an emblem of the western neo-colonial enterprise as it contains, collects and catalogues knowledge. Cortiñas’ work undermines this domesticating and dominating project. Cortiñas studied at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne and at the European Film College, Ebeltoft, Denmark. Her work has been exhibited at Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MUSAC, León; Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest and numerous film festivals. This work is offered as an extension of They Say Crisis. We Say Revolution, a group show at Waldburger Wouters that takes Paul B. Preciado’s An Apartment on Uranus as a starting point.

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