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Jorge Ayala: A Su Propio Ritmo (At Its Own Rhythm)

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.


Opening Party
Wednesday, January 24
6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

Someone looking a strip of negatives through a magnifying glass
Fig. 1

Jorge Ayala, still from A Su Propio Ritmo (At Its Own Rythm), 2017, video installation. Courtesy of the artist

Artist Bio

Jorge Ayala

Jorge Ayala is a Toronto artist whose practice explores issues of temporality, ephemerality and immersive experiences, with a current focus on themes of memory, identity, and migration in Latin American cinema.

Ayala holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Media, and a Bachelor’s in New Media from Ryerson University (Canada). He has also studied at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart (Germany) and IRCAM in Paris, and works as a freelance interactive media programmer and producer.