Nicolás Guagnini and Jeff Preiss
Featuring the film Discharge (2005)
Thursday 19 November 2020
6 – 7 pm
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Mishkin Gallery and ISLA (Baruch’s Initiative for the Study of Latin America) present an evening of art and film featuring the co-authored Discharge (2005) by Nicolás Guagnini and Jeff Preiss. Discharge came about when Guagnini and Preiss were both shareholders in the Orchard Gallery co-op, an artist-run gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side active from 2005 until 2008. At the time, both Guagnini and Preiss were undergoing and studying Reichian therapy; developed by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, this form of therapy is used to attenuate tension (and therefore, trauma) through very quick breath and eye movements. Preiss’s sharp editing is key in embodying Reichian techniques through film, while much of the repressed trauma informing Guagnini’s performance references a history of the dictatorship in his native Argentina in the 1970s and 80s. Discharge will be screened and the two artists will discuss their role and share reflections on in its production. This event is in conjunction with the upcoming Mishkin Gallery exhibition Nicolás Guagnini: Theatre of the Self. The event will be introduced by ISLA’s Stephanie Golob and moderated by Mishkin Gallery’s Alaina Claire Feldman.
Nicolás Guagnini is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and curator born in Buenos Aires and based in New York.
Jeff Preiss is a filmmaker, cinematographer, director and producer born and based in New York.
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