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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.

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“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.” (

“(…) it succeeds by acknowledging that virtual reality is a wholly different medium, posing different theoretical and narrative challenges.” (

“It’s a theatrical triumph.” (

“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.” (

“Critics could not stop raving, calling it “shattering” and “groundbreaking.”” (

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