January 24 – February 25, 2018
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
A su propio ritmo (At Its Own Rhythm) is the first of a series of installations that explore the documentary heritage of Latin America as reflected on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Established in 1992, the Register is an international initiative dedicated to the protection of the world’s documentary heritage.
At Its Own Rhythm focuses on Cuba’s Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (ICAIC Latin American Newsreel). Launched in 1960 and produced weekly by the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts & Industry (ICAIC) until its demise in 1990, the Noticiero documented with a sense of urgency, the revolutionary movements of Cuba and the ‘Third World’. In 2012, and after years of neglect, its original negatives were included as part of Memory of the World, and are now restored and digitized, thanks to a bi-national agreement signed with France’s Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA).
This installation (and its companion documentary film) offers a glimpse of the historical and audiovisual richness of the Noticiero, and addresses the tension between cultural objects meant to speak to a specific national identity and its current availability for global consumption.
Wednesday, January 24
Daily 2:30 PM
All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted