Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña, Los Andes (The Andes) (still), 2012. Courtesy the artists and Upstream Gallery.
Cristóbal León (b. 1980, Santiago de Chile) and Joaquín Cociña (b. 1980, Concepción, Chile) are an artist collaborative based in Santiago de Chile. Their 2012 film Los Andes will be presented as a large-format projection in the Bank of America Project Gallery at PAMM. Between 2010 and 2013 the artists created a series of dark, stop-motion animation films, Padres.Madre (Mother.Father), El Templo (The Temple), El Arca (The Arc) and Los Andes (The Andes). They describe these mysterious films as foundational chapters of a new creed, presenting magical images that mix the sacred and with the profane, the beautiful with the horrific, the sublime with the bestial. In Los Andes a strange, restless spirit inhabits an office room, moving in and through its walls, producing plant forms, strange alchemical symbols and a giant’s hand and face. The entire film is made using simple materials—found objects, tape, paint and charcoal—to create an enigmatic narrative referencing past colonial empires and futuristic configurations of power and control.