The Making of Pinochet Porn

  • Skowhegan NY Program Space 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States

Featuring John BrattinLia GangitanoCy Gavin, Jay Kinney and Josh Thorson, moderated by Clara López Menéndez

This panel will discuss the work’s major themes (sexually explicit material, representations of war and violence, humor and sexuality, etc.), the personal narratives underpinning the film, and the editing process.

The world premiere of Pinochet Porn will be screened at The Museum of Modern Art on October 31st, 2016, 7:00PM


John Brattin

John Brattin is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work elaborates haunting mental locations through a variety of mediums beginning primarily with drawings, which are then utilized as a basis for experimental film works. Exhibitions include Untitled Art fair 2012, Miami with Participant Inc; Nobody gets to see the Wizard not nobody not no how, 2010 Anna Kustera NY; Technically Sweet, 2008, Overgaden, Copenhagen, DK,  among others. His work has been screened internationally, including Melodrama, Sara Meltzer NY; Greatest Hits, Wayward Canon, London 2006; Film Society, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Ma. 2006; The Fruit Farm Film Festival, McMinnville OR, 2002; Promises, Promises, Gallery Union Screen and Art, Vienna, Austria, 2001; The American Century, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 2000; Warhol’s Grave, Mecano Amsterdam, 1999. He was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Artists Grant, 2006 and Harvestworks Artists in Residence, 2007 and the recipient of a film commission from The Danish Council of Arts, 2007. He lives and works in New York City.

Cy Gavin

Cy Gavin's paintings explore contested histories, myth-making, sexuality, race and the articulation of difference. His practice spans disciplines on occasion and in 2015 Gavin animated the music video for Loud Underneath, the most recent release from Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline). The same year, Gavin founded THE CAN, an unlawfully occupied, by-appointment-only, art space in a warehouse lavatory in West Harlem. Gavin received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2016. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Rubell Family Collection.

Josh Thorson

Josh Thorson is an artist and writer. His recent video works explore the intersection of technology and the nuclear family and the transformation of ideals into capital. He is currently working on a comedic novel about recovering from trauma and the negotiation of anxiety, control, and desire in post-9/11 New York. Selected exhibitions include Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin, 2012/13); Suzie Silver’s Strange Attractors series (2012-2013); Soloway Gallery (2010); Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College (2009); Callicoon Fine Arts (2009); Documentary Fortnight at MoMA (2008), and Rotterdam International Film Festival (2006). He has designed video projections for theater and music at venues such as the Fisher Center at Bard College (Summerscape 2015), Crossing the Line Festival (2013), American Repertory Theater (2010), and Signature Theater (2008). In 2015, he and composer Nick Hallett workshopped act one of their video-opera collaboration at Roulette, and will workshop its second act at Merkin Hall in December. 

Jay Kinney

Jay Kinney is an Art Director whose film and video projects include Ellen Cantor, Pinochet Porn (2008-2016), John Brattin,The Triumph of Night (2006) and Eros Is Sick (2008), Mindy Vale, The Beads that Bought Manhattan (2013), and ioulex, for Justin Vivian Bond’s, American Wedding (2011). He has performed in works by Luther Price, Laura Parnes, Ellen Cantor, John Brattin, and Le Tigre. He was an Advisory Committee member of the New York Underground Film Festival under the Directorship of Ed Halter from 1996 to 2003.

Lia Gangitano

In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, Renée Green, and Greer Lankton, among others. As curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances included Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life(1999), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000) and Sigalit Landau (2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers (2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the '90s. As associate curator, she co-curatedDress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for The ICA, Boston, and edited New Histories (with Steven Nelson, 1997) andBoston School (1995). She has contributed to publications including Renée GreenEndless Dreams and Time-based StreamsLovett/CodagnoneWhitney Biennial 2006-Day for Night, and 2012 Whitney Biennial on Charles Atlas. As curatorial advisor, her exhibitions at MoMA PS1 included Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009). She currently teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NYU, and SVA. She is a Board Member of Primary Information and Dirty Looks; Advisory Board Member of the Outpost Cuts and Burns Residency Program and John Kelly Performance; and recipient of a Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists and the inaugural White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award.

Clara López Menéndez

Clara López Menéndez is an art worker practicing in the fields of curation, art criticism, and performance. She ran the BOFFO Fire Island Art Residency in 2014 and 2015 and is the director of Dirty Looks LA. Her writing has appeared in Mousse, Art News, Bomb, and Little Joe, and Girls Like Us.