MARGOT BENACERRAF is one of the two recipient of VAEA’s Paez Medal of Art 2019

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June 13th 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A message from
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Ali Cordero Casal
Chairman
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
& the Board of Directors
Today we celebrate VAEA’s 29th anniversary and the 229th  birth anniversary of  José Antonio Páez  with this important announcement.

MARGOT BENACERRAF

Margot Benacerraf, Paris, 1959

We live in the age of images and no other medium has influenced more our perception of reality than film.  The train arriving at the station captured on camera by the Lumière brothers in 1896 took us on an endless voyage throughout the human creative imagination.  Since their inception in Western culture, films have shaped our emotions transforming the way we perceive ourselves, and the world around us.  Movies represent the ultimate spectacle; like opera – the creation par excellence of the Baroque period – they transform tales of everyday life into timeless stories, equally epic and lyrical, tragic or amusing, but always illuminating. Every film possesses an instant of truth. Movies still remain the most popular medium to disseminate creativity and culture.

About Margot Benacerraf

Margot`s  extraordinary energy; intellectual curiosity and artistic creativity have always remained steadfast, bringing everlasting beauty to the art of filmmaking.
Benacerrat is a distinguished Venezuelan filmmaker and film promoter, and a major figure in Latin American film history.  Benacerraf was born in Caracas in 1926 to a Sephardic family from Spanish Morocco.  While studying philosophy and humanities at the Central University of Venezuela [UCV] her innate creativity and everlasting curiosity prompted her to publish essays and plays that won immediate recognition in her  native country and abroad.  In 1949 she was invited by Columbia University to travel to New York, where she studied drama with the great German theatrical director Erwin Piscator.  It was during this period in New York that she discovered cinema and filmmaking.  After completing her scholarship she moved to Paris in 1950 where she studied filmmaking at the prestigious IDHEC [Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques].  In 1951 Benacerraf completed her first film Reverón, a documentary on the everyday life and creative process of one of Venezuela’s most distinguished artists of the 20 Century, Armando Reverón.  The film captures with extraordinary subtlety the complex personality and creativity of the eccentric artist.  The documentary was screened at the First Berlin Festival in 1952 with the unanimous acclaim of public and critics like André Bazin and Lotte Eisner.  Araya, her second and most ambitious documentary, was released in 1959; it was screened in the Venice and Moscow film festivals, and at Cannes where it won the International Critics Prize.  The film confers an epic dimension to the everyday life of the inhabitants of a salt mining town in the isolated Eastern Venezuelan coast.  Araya became legendary among moviegoers and internationally revered by filmmakers and critics.
“The film, as Luchino Visconti’s La Terra Trema is a combination of extraordinary beauty, outraged social conscience and almost mythic grandeur. The experience was stunning in 1959. It`s every bit as stunning today.”
– Stuart Klawans, Film reviews,  The Nation 
Directors Luis Buñuel, Roberto Rosellini and Glauber Rocha praised her cinematic work and writers Miguel Otero Silva and Gabriel García Márquez often expressed their desire to have her making the film version of their literary works.
Margot Benacerraf was a pioneering figure in many ways, as a Latin American female filmmaker and a tireless promoter of Venezuelan and Latin American culture and cinema. In 1965 she was appointed the director of Venezuela’s INCIBA [Instituto Nacional de Cultura y Bellas Artes], the country’s most important cultural institution. She particularly insisted on promoting cultural and educatorial events in the country most isolated regions. In 1966 she founded Venezuela’s National film Archives [Cinemateca Nacional] and actively contributed to the organization of The Union of Latin American Cinematheque UCAL].

About Schnabel & Benacerraf 

This year VAEA is honoring with the Paez Medal of Art 2019 for the first time two filmmakers, these artists use film as a medium of expression after exploring others. Margot Benacerraf studied philosophy and literature and has always been a conscious writer; by using faces, shapes, and movement she composes in her films a minute- essay on the human condition. Julian Schnabel is a gifted artist who burst onto the art scene in the 1980s, seeking a way out of abstraction; he created iconoclast works that later on in his artistic career flawlessly transformed into moving images; configuring an eloquent narrative of forms. Challenging film critic André Bazin’s proposition that film and painting are mutually exclusive, Schnabel seeks in the subject of painting the connection to that centrifugal creative force that prolonged indefinitely into the universe. In a similar manner, the young Margot Benacerraf played with her camera to mimic the ritual dance of the artist she was filming to discover that she was also painting the evanescent reality of a film. The creative process equally fascinates Margot Benacerraf and Julian Schnabel: how does creativity work? Is it possible to capture it on camera?
Both filmmakers attempt to recreate those moments when mind and body coincide to produce art, unveiling in the process the limits of human reasoning to understand the complexities of the creative mind. In their films Reveron (1959) and Van Gogh (2018), Benacerraf and Schnabel explore the infinite realities elicited by painting, appealing ultimately to the fundamental fraternal quality motivating every artistic creation.
Texts by: Mario Valero, Assistant professor
Fashion Institute of Technology New York
VAEA’s advisory board member

About the Páez Medal

The Páez Medal of Art is awarded once a year to an individual or group that has had an impact and contributed to the excellence, growth, support and proliferation of the arts in Venezuela and the United States; Previous recipients include: Gustavo Dudamel in 2018, Bob Colacello in 2017, Marisol Escobar in 2016; Annie Leibovitz in 2015; Sofía Imber in 2014, Robert Wilson in 2013 and Carlos Cruz-Diez in 2012.

Press information available in Spanish & English by request at contact@vaearts.org
Madáme Cinema (released 2019)
A documentary about the life of Margot Benacerraf by filmmaker Jonathan Reverón
Available to friends of VAEA and the press by request at contact@vaearts.org

About VAEA

The VAEA is a NY based 501(c)3 public charity, founded on June 13, 1990 with the mission of promoting the best of Venezuelan and US cultures through bi-national cultural, educational and social programs.

For additional information visit VAEArts.org

For sponsor opportunities and early table reservations contact:

Ali Cordero Casal, Chairman, alicorderocasal@vaearts.org

+1 3053228899

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