Ivan Argote’s work explores the relationship between history, politics and the construction of our own subjectivities. His interest in public space, the problems it generates, the way we relate to others, to the state, to heritage and traditions, are translated through films, installations and sculptures.
We talked to Ivan about his next project that he plans to film in East Island in the Hawaiian area. This archipelago that belongs to the United States, has a very complex colonization history and is now slowly becoming eaten by the Pacific Ocean, due to climate change. Ironically, the US is losing territory due to the effects of climate deregulation, just when it refuses to sign the agreements to stop it. “The project I propose will be a reflection on the particular relationship between colonialism and the climate crisis in the ocean’s lands. The project in general is part of a long term reflection on the decentralization of our perspectives in political and geographical ways, a subject that I have previously explored in my films and installations”. The film he is producing will focus on cultural resistance in this region and on how culture could perhaps bring us another socio-political perspective.