João Vieira Torres’ work, Toré, will be on view as part of Haunted Ethnography: new experimental documentary at UVP Everson from February 16 – March 25, 2017.  Toré and an additional work, Ghost Children, will also be featured as part of the related indoor screening and talk on Thursday, March 9 in the Everson Museum’s Hosmer Auditorium. 

Torres and the other participating artists, Sky Hopinka and Carl Elsaesser, will be in attendance to discuss their work following the screening.


About the Work

Runtime: 15 min. 31 sec.

From the artist’s statement:

There is that
which I see
which is shown to me
which I can’t see
which I don’t see

I was invited to film a ritual. That which can be shown to foreigners. A child of the tribe watches Disney’s “Fantasia” on TV. He is interrupted. What does the child live when he dances? What am I able to see from what is shown to me?

Shot in the XucuruKariri, in Alagoas, Brazil.


Ghost Children
Runtime: 16 min.

From the artist’s statement:

Ghost Children, presents seven reminiscences of early childhood, read in sevendifferent voices, as the camera presses close against the faded dye and exaggerated grain of family photographs from the early 1980s. Whose faces and memories are those? The film encourages the audience to interrogate assumptions about gender, memory, performance, and death.


About the Artist

João Vieira Torres is a Brasilian-French artist and filmmaker born in Recife, Brazil. He lives and works in between Brazil and France . His work has been screened extensively at venues and festivals around the world, including: New York Film Festival 2016 (US); Kinoforum São Paulo (BR); Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK); Uniondocs New York (US); “Art of the Real” Lincoln Center (US); Ann Harbor Film Fest (US); FIDMarseille FR);  Olhar de Cinema (BR); Rencontres Int. du Documentaire de Montreal (CA); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (FR/DE); Museu da Imagem e do som de São Paulo (BR); Anthology Film Archives (US); CentrePompidou (FR); Palais de Tokyo (FR); MIS São Paulo (BR); LABoral (ESP); IndieLisboa (PT); Tampere Short Film Fest (FI); Vilnius CAC (LT); and the Alexandrina Arts Center (EG).


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