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Half Man / Half Monster by Raul Baltazar

Film   •   Nature As Infrastructure

Half Man / Half Monster
by Raul Baltazar

Film, 01:40:56, 2020  

This film is available from 14. November to 12. December 2020

As part of Nature as Infrastructure - A proposition by The Winter Office

Half Man / Half Monster is an extension (over 25 years later) and moving image version of the collage, The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth. The film is essentially a montage of black and white footage, much of which comes from the horror genre. Importantly, the selected content also focuses on Hollywood representations of Mesoamerican, Mestizo, Latinx, Chicano/a, Xicanx, Mexican American, Latino culture and rituals. In this way the film sheds light on some of the power imbalances and tensions between Latin America and the United States. At the same time it also attempts to reclaim the ancestral knowledge practiced by the Mexica, and challenge how Latin American culture is perceived and self-perceived. 

Half Man / Half Monster is a nice accompaniment to the Lehman Brothers’ publication, as both engage with the colonial infrastructure that has buttressed the development of neoliberal globalization and the ecological degradation that we see today.

The film has been produced with the assistance of artists Melly Trochez, Victoria Delgadillo, Teresa Flores, Viviana Carlos and Humberto Esquivel.

Raul Baltazar is a Los Angeles based artist working in a variety of mediums including collage, performance, video, painting, and community-based projects. His work is often driven by the struggle of Mestizo, Xicanx, POC and Mesoamerican Indigenous communities and their revolutionary vision for change in the context of Los Angeles. In this way, Baltazar seeks to decolonize contemporary art production by rooting his practice in the research of ancient cultures. 

Baltazar received his MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013, and his BFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design in 2008. He has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles, and internationally and was the recipient of the California Community Foundation (2015), The Armory Teaching Fellowship, (2016), and Shortlisted for LA County Arts Commission (2015).

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