San Juan, Puerto Rico
July 23, 2021 – October 1, 2021
Hidrante is pleased to present Libreto escrito, aún no existe, an exhibition by Natalia Lassalle Morillo in collaboration with Gloria Morillo Cabán.
In Libreto escrito, aún no existe, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo unravels the process of seven years of artistic collaboration between the artist and her mother, Gloria Morillo Cabán. Starting from the multi-channel film Retiro, where Lassalle-Morillo plays Gloria in a cinematographic reconstruction of her past, the exhibition is an intimate cinematic weaving of stories that interrogates perceptions of truth, fiction, and permanence. Presenting Retiro in its multi-channel format and two new collaborations between Lassalle Morillo and Morillo Cabán, Libreto escrito, aún no existe becomes a living archive of an extensive partnership between the artist and her mother. This exhibition considers the film creation process an active process that does not end with a final edit but continually changes with each presentation.
Staged in everyday domestic life, Retiro is a cinematic amalgam of stories. For Gloria, it is the simultaneous experience of re-directing her past; for Natalia, it is the process of embodying these recreations, directed by her mother, in real-time; and for both, it is a collaboration that seeks to unlearn the traumas inherited in her family. She speaks directly about the process of making a documentary: conversations, phone calls, trips to recording locations, coexistence, and the connections that the artist found as an active spectator, flowing between different social, political, and geographical environments. There is no interest in distinguishing truth and story, but rather an invitation to relate to history from the perspective of others, considering that fiction not only depends on who builds it but on who interprets it. Each presentation of this piece changes and responds to its context, reflecting the very act and experience of remembering.
Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Bayamón, PR; 1991) decentralizes canonical narratives and reimagines our individual & collective histories through installation, video, photography, theater, and intersections between these practices. Melding documentary imagery and embodied performance, Lassalle-Morillo examines how the event of watching personified accounts addresses the geopolitical, social, and cosmological context where the work is present. By compressing time scales and points of origin, her work brings together contemporary interpretations of Greek theater with considerations for recent environmental and political catastrophes in Puerto Rico and the potentially dramatic and cathartic effects that arise from this linkage.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, NADA Gallery Relief Fund (New Art Dealers Alliance), and El Serrucho 2020 (Beta-Local).