María Cañas (Seville, 1972) has been labeled as the Archivist of Seville or the Terrorist Virgin of the Archive. She defines herself as a cultural agitator, audiovisual iconoclast and arsonist of minds. She practices a video-guerrilla that penetrates social topics and prejudices to blow them up, using humor as a strategy of insurgency and resistance.
His cultural activism is nourished by recycling, appropriation and artistic experimentation with all the audiovisual content generated by our society: an organic and detrital archive that he uses to urge people to govern themselves. She is a staunch defender of non-privatization and the liberalization of our imaginary and historical memory. She is committed to the idea of culture as a collective construction.
His art is shared on the internet and has been exhibited and awarded in many festivals, events, art centers, museums, self-managed spaces, universities and national and international galleries, in countries such as Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, China, Ecuador, United States, France, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, etc.
His way of working with image and sound in such a transgressive and free way, so critical and fun, is also infused with his own poetics that, undoubtedly, constitute an authentic and perfectly recognizable work and trajectory, which have enriched the audiovisual and the art made in Andalusia.
For all these reasons, the New Andalusian Film Festival of Casares wants to recognize in this ninth edition its magnificent contribution to collective culture, awarding it in Casares the Camera Obscura Award for this year 2022.
The organization of the festival is these days finalizing the visualization of the numerous works registered in the different categories in competition, from where the programming of this edition will come from. A total of 70 fiction and documentary feature films, and 231 short films have participated. A total of 179 works have been entered in the photography contest. By gender, 23.43% of the audiovisual works have been presented by women and 76.57% by men.
In the photography contest, 36.31% of the works belong to women and 63.69% to men. In this same contest, Malaga is the province that has provided the most authors with 28.65%, followed by Seville (15.17%), Cádiz (13.48%), Granada (12.36%), Córdoba (12 .36%), Almería (6.74%), Huelva (7.3%) and Jaén (3.93%). The ninth edition of the New Andalusian Film Festival will be held in the Malaga town of Casares from October 3 to 8.