Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees.
Based on true accounts from Central American and Mexican refugees, CARNE y ARENA blurs and binds together the superficial lines between subject and bystander, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and live a fragment of a refugee’s personal journey. (…)
CARNE y ARENA has been honoured with a Special Award – an Oscar® statuette – by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 11 November 2017.
“It’s an anti-spectacle: The piece can’t be shared on Instagram, even though it is more immersive, and more substantive, than anything else in its class.” (citylab.com)
“(…) it succeeds by acknowledging that virtual reality is a wholly different medium, posing different theoretical and narrative challenges.” (nytimes.com)
“It’s a theatrical triumph.” (theguardian.com)
“What you do with those minutes, how you embrace the visceral reaction to your body being dropped into a new and strange place, is a litmus test for your worldview.” (washingtonpost.com)
“Critics could not stop raving, calling it “shattering” and “groundbreaking.”” (variety.com)
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