León & Cociña

León & Cociña

Born in 1980, live and work in Santiago, Chile

Installation view of the exhibition Bones at Upstream Gallery, 2016. Installation view of the exhibition Bones at Upstream Gallery, 2016. Family Figure, 2016. Mixed media. Installation view of the exhibition Bones at Upstream Gallery, 2016. Maria Verena, 2016. Mixed media, 55 x 33 x 20 cm. Apocalypsis Now, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 x 96 cm. Maria y el pergamino, 2015. Acrylic, latex and varnish on canvas, 100 x 70 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Maria en el agua, 2015. Acrylic, latex and varnish on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Videostill from 'Los Andes', 2013, animation (stop motion) film, length: 3:40 min. Videostill from 'Los Andes', 2013, animation (stop motion) film, length: 3:40 min. Videostill from 'Los Andes', 2013, animation (stop motion) film, length: 3:40 min. Videostill from 'Los Andes', 2013, animation (stop motion) film, length: 3:40 min. Videostill from 'Los Andes', 2013, animation (stop motion) film, length: 3:40 min. Videostills 'El Arca' (The Ark), 2011, length: 16:41 min. Videostill from 'El Arca', 2011, animation film, length: 16:41 min. Videostill from 'El Arca', 2013, animation film, length: 16:41 min. Videostill from 'Padre, Madre' (Father, Mother), 2011, animation film, length: 8:23 min. Videostill from 'Padre, Madre' (Father, Mother), 2011, animation film, length: 8:23 min. Videostill from 'El Temple' (The Temple), 2011, length: approx. 15 min. Videostill from 'El Temple' (The Temple), 2011, length: approx. 15 min. Videostills 'Der Kleinere Raum', 2009. (Collaboration of  Cristobal Leon and Nina Wehrle) Videostills 'Der Kleinere Raum', 2009 (Collaboration of  Cristobal Leon and Nina Wehrle) Video still from 'Luis', 2008. (Collaboration Leon & Cocina with Niles Atallah) Video still from 'Luis', 2008. (Collaboration Leon & Cocina with Niles Atallah) Video still from 'Lucia', 2007 (Collaboration Leon & Cocina with Niles Atallah) Video still from 'Lucia', 2007 (Collaboration Leon & Cocina with Niles Atallah)
León & Cociña
León & Cociña
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Biography

Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña (both 1980, Chile) have been working together since 2007. They were educated at the Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile. León also studied at UDK (Berlin) and De Ateliers (Amsterdam). With their experimental films, Leon and Cociña create a new interpretation of the religious symbolism and magical rituals that are deeply rooted in the traditional culture of Latin America. For the production of their films they combine different techniques such as photography, drawing, sculpture, dance and performance.

An unpolished cinematographic language characterizes the stop-motion films of León and Cociña. The papier mâché figures and innocent-looking drawings strongly contrast with the heavy topics such as religion, sex and death the films deal with.

León and Cociña won several awards and their films are selected regularly for international film festivals. Their work is frequently exhibited in museums and biennials in Latin America, but it has also been presented at venues such as the Whitechapel Gallery, the Guggenheim, KW Berlin, the Venice Biennial 2013 and Art Basel Statements 2012 with Upstream Gallery. Their first full-length film 'La Casa Lobo' premiered at the 68th Berlinale in 2018, where it was awarded the Caligari Film Prize. 

Artist website

Trailer La Casa Lobo, 2018 

Trailer Los Andes, 2012

Trailer El Arca, 2011

DER KLEINERE RAUM

 

Exhibitions

FID Marseille

10 Jul - 16 Jul '18

Annecy Film Festival

11 Jun - 15 Jun '18

La Casa Lobo

20 Jun - 3 Sep '17

Un Mundo Mágico

11 Apr - 7 May '17

Bones

10 Dec '16 - 21 Jan '17

Space to Dream

7 May - 18 Sep '16

TRANSFORMER

3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

Bienale des Artes Mediales

3 Oct - 16 Nov '13

Art Basel Hong Kong; Film Section

13 Mar - 17 Mar '14

A Decade Upstream

30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Flowers

8 Jun - 20 Jul '13

The Third World

3 Sep - 1 Oct '11

Cinema

5 Jun - 16 Jul '10
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