April 25 at 6pm | The context in which this film was made is everything. In 2017, Puerto Rico endured the catastrophic Hurricane Maria, unofficially blamed for some 3,000 deaths. From 2019 to 2020 the island was buffeted by unrelated earthquake swarms that further traumatized an already shaken population. These events—which are never merely “natural,” given that the island’s colony status and lack of services make them far more dangerous—inflect the considerations of death and aging in PERFUME DE GARDENIAS, an allegory for an entire island entering a profoundly uncertain era and determining how to mourn its losses.
Gore Capitalism Lecture Series: Professor Daniel R. Quiles presents Gore Capitalism, a lecture series centered on the everyday “horror” we are living through and how the individual gets caught in uneven wars between classes, races, genders, sexual orientations, healthy and sick, states and citizens. Presented in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Film, Video, New Media, and Animation departments. View full series here.
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