François Bucher (b. 1972, lives and works in Berlin) is an artist and writer from Cali, Colombia. He is also co-editor and founding member of Valdez Magazine. His video work consistently engages with the construction of power, as well as history, politics, and the moving image’s passage from cinema to television. His interest in representation questions the particular ethical articulations it gives shape to, such as the point of indistinction between violence and the image of violence. He has presented work internationally at institutions and festivals including Tate Britain (London), the Indonesian Independent Film Festival, and the Kassel Documentary Film Festival.
In the montages of news sequences and interviews created by François Bucher, a concentrated game-within-a-game evolves in the interstice between reality and fiction. His work centres on the violent psyche caught between tension, terror and manipulation. "Severa Vigilancia (Haute Surveillance)," a dual DVD projection, is an allusion to Jean Genet’s work, itself a reference to "Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty." In Bucher’s work, the boundary between staged and real violence is disquietingly vague.
José Roca (b. 1962, lives and works in Bogotá and Philadelphia) is a curator and critic. In Philadelphia, he is currently Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, after managing the arts program of the Banco de la República in Bogotá for ten years. Recently, he was co-curator of the Ist Poly/graphic Triennial (San Juan, 2004) and the 27th São Paulo Art Biennial (2006), and served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). After co-curating Cart[ajena], a series of urban interventions in Cartagena, Colombia (2007), his upcoming works includes Välparaíso, a series of urban interventions in Valparaíso, Chile, as well as Muntadas: Mechanisms of the Image at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.