Video artist Patricia Esquivias (b. 1979, lives and works in Guadalajara and Madrid) was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her informal work plays with mixtures of vernacular culture, historical figures, and constructed narratives that are often outwardly illogical. The videos use a consciously low-tech approach, often involving the filming of her laptop screen and inclusion of her own casual voiceover. Esquivias has had solo exhibitions as the Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid) and has been included in group exhibitions as the New Museum (New York) and the Kunsthalle Basel.
In the video "Folklore IV," Patricia Esquivias examines the construction of and relationship to modernity and popular culture in Spain. She departs with an anecdote from her father’s life to consider the modern expansion of the Reina Sofia and the Spanish Pavilion in the 1937 World’s Fair, exploring the cultural repercussions of Spanish modernism on everything from cooking paella to art production.