Project Description

Felipe Esparza

Portrait of Felipe Esparza

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2023-24

Felipe Esparza’s work creates dynamic links and tensions between cinema, visual arts and video creation. In his projects, a strong interest in social content coexists with an exploration of themes such as nature, non-verbal communication, the sacred, its symbolic derivations and the relationship between image and time, image and history and image and truth. He is currently focused on rituals, covering topics such as post-colonial remains around the sacred and the raw material that built the physical spaces inhabited by faith, magic, and religion. He has a master’s degree in contemporary Latin American photography at the Centro de la Imagen in Lima and has been a selected artist at Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Art, France. His films and video installations have been presented in Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin – New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Triennial Guangzhou Image (China), Shangyuang Museum of Contemporary Art (Beijing), Videobrasil Festival (Sao Paulo), Los Angeles Film Forum as part of the exhibition Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, Buenos Aires Video Art Festival, Berlinale Talent Campus, Rotterdam IFFR, Uppsala IFF, Beijing International Short Film Festival, Molodist IFF, Curtocircuíto IFF, MIDBO, Lima Alterna IFF, and others. His first feature film, Cielo abierto, had its world premiere in the official selection of the Rotterdam IFFR 2023.

FSC Works

Still from Y sobre esta piedra

Y sobre esta piedra

Felipe Esparza

Y sobre esta piedra is a video installation that creates a parallel between two materials that are historically and culturally related. Between stone and technology, between manual work and digital work, between the open and the closed, between the pagan and the sacred, and also between two types of being before the mythical or the imaginary. Subtly stirring up the historical dust of the colonial heritage.