Lines in the water

This film talks about Nayarit, a state in Mexico in the Pacific Ocean where the Manila Galleon brought textiles which fusioned with local Wirarika crafts. Later on, in the XIX century, a textile factory was built and due to poor labor conditions, a workers uprising started by women took place. This is narrated through the story of textiles, in particular the rebozo, the Mexican version of the Manila shawl.

  • Florencia Guillen
  • Florencia Guillen
  • Florencia Guillen
  • Andrés Villa Aldaco
  • Florencia Guillen Beltrán
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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    16 mm
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  • Student Project:
    February 4, 2023
    Proyecto Caiman Gallery
    Solo show
Director Biography - Florencia Guillen

Florencia graduated from Fine Art and Art History from Goldsmiths College in 2002. She completed a MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art also in London supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has exhibited in several group shows around the world such as in Holland, Italy and the UK and solo shows in Poland, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines and the UK. She received the Red Mansion Art Prize to do a residency in Beijing, China. She was awarded the Duveen Travel Fellowship to develop a project along the Transiberian route going from Moscow to Beijing. She was recipient of the Gasworks Fellowship to go to a residency in Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia and another fellowship from FONCA Mexico, in Bogota. In 2009, she was artist in residence at ESCALA (Essex University Latin American Collection) in the UK. In 2013, she was awarded by the Arte Actual Grant from BBV-Bancomer Bank, in 2016 by PECDA, in 2017 -2018 by Proyecta grants given by the Mexican art public fund.

In Mexico, she has exhibited in major museums such as Museo Carrillo Gil, Museo de las Artes Sonora, El Amparo Puebla and CEART, Tijuana, Museo de Arte de Zapopan and Museo Cabañas, Mexico. Recently, she received the Latin American Roaming Art project 2016 prize by Asiaciti Trust to complete a residency in Manila, Philippines. She is currently member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores, México.

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Director Statement

Florencia Guillén works with different media to give form to her research, often based in personal experiences of travel and the encounters these allow. She looks into the everyday specific places as a way to condensate historical experience. Her work deals mainly with the relationship between landscape, gender and the traces of historical moments using art as an object to link narratives.