Flying Low is a space-time journey inside a DC-3 plane, in which different historical and dream episodes are narrated from a singular voice. These old surviving planes from World War II are still being used daily in the Colombian plains and jungles, where they remain an essential means of reaching remote, inhospitable places that have been abandoned by the State.
The film is a journey filled with stories and musings from the plane’s point of view, which pass through different places, landscapes, visions and perspectives, until reaching the boarding and meeting an unusual passenger. The obsolete device witnesses a physical and temporal suspension in the always imminent shadow of the accident. Nature and the dilapidated aircraft confront their destiny, they hybridize and combine. Suspension over time and resistance to processes of modernization and progress are the ellipsis of this story. (Calderón & Piñeros)
Calderón & Piñeros
Colombia, 1975 & 1981
Elkin Calderón Guevara and Diego Piñeros García are a Colombian collective that have worked together since 2013. Their research-based artistic projects question hegemonic forms of knowledge and power materialised in technologies, infrastructures and landscapes. They are interested in displacement as a metaphor of encountering other realities, and creating connections between memory and ruins of the past. In 2019, they were nominated for Colombia’s X Premio Luis Caballero, and in 2020 were awarded a scholarship by the Ministerio de Cultura and Escuela Taller Cartagena de Indias (Etcar) to produce the film and installation EKOBIO (2021). Among their other prizes, in 2018 Calderón & Piñeros won the V Bienal de Artes Plásticas y Visuales FUGA and the Premio Residencia Villa Ruffieux / Pro-helvetia. Their film works have been shown in major international festivals and they have had solo shows in Latin America and Europe.
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