CINEMACITY is a collaborative project by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy.
Caspar and Gabriela are two artist/filmmakers from Germany and Mexico living between New York and Helsinki. Their work covers a whole range of disciplines — experimental film, documentary film, video installation, and live video performance.
As curators, they have been the directors of video_dumbo since 2005, an annual festival/exhibition of international contemporary moving image art in New York. This year they also have been selected as the programmers of the renowned Robert Flaherty Documentary Film Seminar in NY.
Caspar and Gabriela are currently EMARE artists-in-residence at FACT.
Caspar Stracke’s work deals with architecture, urbanism, media archeology and the social aspects of cinema. Stracke’s films, videos and installation works have been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions, retrospectives and festivals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Stracke’s work has been shown at MoMA, the Whitney Museum and the New Museum in New York City, the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco; the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France and the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, among others.
Gabriela Monroy is a Mexican video artist and video curator. In 2001 she received a Masters in Film and Video from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. The same year she was awarded Mexico’s National Foundation for Culture and Arts Fellowship for Young Emerging Artists. Her video installation work was selected as part of the 10th National Biennial of Photography of Mexico. In 2009 she was selected as one of The MacDowell Colony’s National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipients. In 2011 she was awarded the NYFA/ Deutsche Bank America’s Foundation Fellowship in Digital and Electronic Arts. She had been invited as juror for Transitio – International Festival for Electronic Arts and Video. She has participated in exhibitions in Mexico, Europe, Korea and the US, and her work is part of the INBA collection, Mexico’s National Institute for Fine Arts. Since 2002, she has been working in collaboration with the German video artist Caspar Stracke under the name MOSTRA. In 2004 they were awarded a NYSCA Film and Media Production Grant for an Interactive video installation for cinema space.