In the video work The Witch and the Lover by Joaquin Cociña & Cristóbal León we see Jaime Guzmán–the main ideologist of the Pinochet dictatorship and author of the Chilean Constitution (1980)–sneaking into the dream of a witch. The witch confronts different personifications of herself, and tries to keep her visitor away by using witchcraft. She curses, sings, dances and creates alternative versions of herself.
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. They celebrated the world premiere of their first full-length film ‘La Casa Lobo’ in the 68th Berlinale 2018 where it received the Caligari Award. For this film they set up their studio in many different locations.