Empire: Can’t Remember to Forget You [Pt.1] uses VH1’s Pop Up Video aesthetic to collide Shakira’s music video with information about the U.S. military’s abuse of women and girls in Colombia. Pop-media becomes backdrop, frame, and screen for this sexual and gender-based violence. Visible Colombian star-power and highly sexualized imagery intertwine with documentation of abuses that the U.S. media has, over the past decade, virtually erased. The song lyrics further indicate a relationship sustained by convenient misremembering and forgetting.
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Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sanchez is a Colombian performance & visual artist, educator, and curator based in Providence, RI.
Lundberg Torres Sanchez’s work has appeared in spaces including the PHI Centre (Montreal), SP Escola de Teatro (Sao Paulo), Zona 30 (Lima), El Bunker (La Paz), Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Queens Museum, Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn), Silent Barn (Brooklyn), Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics (Brooklyn), Bowery Poetry Club (Manhattan), Teatro Circulo (Manhattan), La MaMa E.T.C. (Manhattan), the Morgan Library & Museum (Manhattan), Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, JC Fridays (Jersey City), The Mills Gallery (Boston), Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston), IMAGO Gallery (Warren, RI), Providence International Arts Festival, PVDFest (Providence), AS220 (Providence), AURORA (Providence), and the Pigeon Hole Gallery (Providence).
He is a resident artist at AS220 in Providence, and is a member of the 2012 EMERGENYC cohort at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. Lundberg is the recipient of NEA Art Works funding through AS220’s 2017 Community Live Arts Residency, was RISCA’s 2017 Merit Fellow in New Genres, and is currently RISCA’s 2018 Merit Fellow in Video & Film.
My video performance uses bodies annotated by historical scars and pop culture citations to peal back the skin of Colombianidad, and to reveal the violence of U.S. military intervention in Colombia. I regularly collaborate with Spiderwoman Theater Company as a designer and archivist, and have worked with Norwegian Theater Academy, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, 2050 Legacy, Jes Tom, TITS FISCHER & KITTEN’S KISS, and GQ/Conde Naste.