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Gabriela Golder

Broken Eyes

from the Arrancar los Ojos series

Credits: Gabriela Golder, Broken Eyes, 2023. From the ARRANCAR LOS OJOS series. Produced by Han Nefkens Foundation, Barcelona. Image courtesy of the artist.

ARRANCAR LOS OJOS (2023), is a mixed media project emanating from the mass protests across Chile in 2019, during which more than 400 victims of police brutality sustained eye injuries. Through performance, video and spatial intervention, it reflects on punitive state violence, illuminating the tendency of riot police across contexts—from South America to Hong Kong, Kashmir to Palestine—to intentionally aim for protestors’ heads.

Gabriela Golder
examines the intersection between labour and memory from a wide variety of sources— political, mythical and medical—to highlight the aftereffects left by violent state actions. Investigating how political trauma is wrought upon the body and carried forward, Golder makes disparate connections between seemingly unrelated places and events. Whether analysing the nature of political violence, the impact of labour on the human body or the evolution of collective memory, the artist approaches the subject from many perspectives to cast light in surprising places.

Golder’s work has been shown at VIDEOFORMES, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2022); Museo Nacional de Grabado, Buenos Aires (2022); Château de Goutelas, France (2022),  Genealogies in the Middle East and Latin America, Sharjah Art Foundation (2021); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile, Santiago (2020); 21st Bienal de Arte Contemporánea Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (2019); Bienalsur, Buenos Aires (2019); Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU), Bogotá (2019); Jakarta Biennial (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Dazibao, Montreal (2016); Dissonance, Getty Center, Los Angeles (2016); La Maison Rouge, Paris (2015); DEAF, Rotterdam (2014); Monitoring, Kassel (2013); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2013); Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2011); and 10th Havana Biennial (2009).

Among her awards are the ArtHaus Award in Electronics Arts, Argentina (2022); Presidency of the Nation Award National Visual Art Salon, Argentina (2021);  Estado da Arte, 21st Bienal de Arte Contemporánea Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (2019); BA Sitio Específico, Buenos Aires (2014); Luis Espinal-Mostra CineTrabalho Award, São Paulo (2011); Ars Electronica, 80+1 Project, Linz, Austria (2009); Sigwart Blum Award, Association of Art Critics of Argentina (2007); Media Art Award, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany (2003); Grand Prize, VIDEOFORMES (2003); and Tokyo Video Award (2002).

Golder is a professor at the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, and curator of El Cine es Otra Cosa, an experimental film and video series at the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires.

She was born in 1971 in Buenos Aires, where she continues to live and work.

Gabriela Golder

Broken Eyes

from the Arrancar los Ojos series


Year: 2023

Video produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation


Born 1971, Argentina

Works in Argentina


Sharjah Biennial 15:
Thinking Historically in the Present

9 Feb 2023 – 11 Jun 2023

Venue: Al Dhaid Farm Shed

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