Pablo Picasso’s Guernica is the image of a disproportionate attack on unarmed civilians to demoralize and subjugate a whole population. The rules of war had changed, a new scenario had emerged: targeting civilians became a priority for anyone pursuing political aims, from every ideology, external or internal enemies, or even the governments. A contemporary reading of the painting must take into account Picasso’s intuition that the bombing of Guernica was a turning point that ushered in today’s use of terror against civilians.
The Guernica Variations has been widely screened at festivals and museums, including the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid. Among other awards, it has received the 2013 Best Documentary Award from Uruguay’s International Short Film Festival.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Guillermo A. Peydró.
This event is organized by Spanish Studies, sponsored by HRP.
Watch the trailer here.
About the director
Guillermo A. Peydró is a Spanish art historian and filmmaker. The main quest of his work is the exploration of the visual arts in film. In addition to his film production, Peydró has published essays in the written press, including his recent contribution to the new volume Chris Marker Inmemoria.
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