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Experimental 37m 2012

Single-channel video installation, color, sound

Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection

Using photography and video to meditate on the significance of delay and the im/possibilities of returning to the past, The Way They Looked at Each Other examines an alleged criminal event that took place in 2011, eight years after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. The video revolves around a forensic investigation led by a Spanish team made up of the judge Santiago Pedraz, court technicians, and a few witnesses in Baghdad. Their intention was to proof the US military personnel guilty of assault, claiming that they shot to death two journalists and wounded three others positioned on the balconies of Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel on August 8, 2003. To illustrate this position of a “lesser perspective,” Mario García Torres engages the material imagination of rivers. The video navigates from Rio Consulado in Mexico City, a river that was piped and covered by a motorway; cutting to the Danube as it passes through Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna, and finally joining the Tigris, flowing through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. The river becomes a topographic marker but also a silent viewer of the historical moments. The multiplicity, ongoingness, and currency of the river, the video seems to suggest, resonates with that of the (political) event. It arguably doesn’t bring the late witnesses physically closer to the event but perhaps allows them to parse intensities and residual forces.

This film is available for the extension of the festival, until Sunday 14 November.

This film is available for audiences worldwide.

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