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José Roca
on François Bucher
"Severa Vigilancia (Haute Surveillance)," 2007

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.

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