Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s Exhibition Song, Strategy, Sign focuses on Storytelling

Monique Wittig’s feminist novel Les guérillères is turned into a creative art gallery

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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s exhibition at the New Museum is titled Song, Strategy, Sign in reference to Monique Wittig’s feminist novel Les Guérillères. Wittig’s narrative is an epic tale of war between women and men. In an audio guide that accompanied Muñoz’s work, Munoz said that the novel resonated with her because of its efforts to create a language to describe a feminist future. The novel and Muñoz’s exhibition tells circular stories centered around the idea of creating language. These cyclical videos form a pyramid on the fifth floor of the New Museum; with one video projected onto the wall, and the others projected onto parallel screens suspended from the ceiling several feet in front of the back projection. As soon as you exit the elevator on the fifth floor, you spot masks and objects that open the show. These commissioned objects are scattered on several blonde wood blocks. They are sourced from a film Muñoz is creating; they also correspond to groups of women that appear in Wittig’s novel. The videos in the series are titled One/Song, Two/Strategy, and Three/Signs. The triptych is titled that which identifies them like the eye of the Cyclops, and is the result of years of interaction between Muñoz and various women. These women are united by their efforts to establish themselves in the places they inhabit and shape. The exhibition also features a silent 16mm film titled Black Beach/Horse Camp/The Dead/ Forces tucked away in the back corner. To exit the exhibition, you have to circle back to the masks, this time, filled with new stories and experiences.

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