Claudia Joskowicz // Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil (2011)

Two channel digital HD video; 8 minutes total running time; color; sound.

Sympathy for the Devil can be understood as a reflection on space and its influence on the human social dimension. Using the iconic view of the Illimani (a prominent mountain in the Bolivian Andes) two synchronized screens narrate an anecdote from 1970s Bolivia. They each depict the daily encounter between a Polish jewish refugee who arrived in Bolivia during the Second World War and his upstairs neighbor, the former Nazi Klaus Barbie (who lived under an assumed identity) in a building in a well to-do neighborhood in the city of La Paz. Both men lived parallel lives as neighbors and as European immigrants in exile in Bolivia, mutually aware of each other's presence in the building, meeting daily in the elevator. The cold landscape of La Paz serves as backdrop to highlight the contrast of the lives of these two men who left behind opposing destinies in Europe and shared a view in Bolivia. This simple interaction serves to highlight a recurring situation in Bolivia and Latin America at large in the postwar period when the region offered asylum to both persecuted Jews and Nazi Germans, antagonistic communities in Europe, which would coexist in relative lull in Latin America.



Born Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 1968. Lives and works in New York and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.


2013 "Sympathy for the Devil." California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA. Curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers.
"Evidence." Espacio Simón I. Patiño, La Paz.
"Intersections." LMAK Projects, New York.

2012 "Sympathy for the Devil." Forever & Today, Inc., New York. Curated by Sara Reisman.
"Music to Watch Dead Girls By." Centro Franco Aleman, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Video Installation presented for the XVIII Bienal de Arte Internacional de Santa Cruz. Curated by Eduardo Ribera.
"Intersections." Galería ACBEU, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Curated by Isabela Albuquerque Lemos.
"Reenactments." Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
"Sympathy for the Devil." Galería Kiosko, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2011 "Intersections." Espacio Simón Patiño, La Paz, Bolivia. Video Installation presented for the VII Bienal Internacional de Arte SIART. Curated by José Bedoya.

2010 "Round and Round and Consumed By Fire." Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York.

2009 "Reenactments." Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia. (Catalog)
"Music to Watch Dead Girls By." Galería Kiosko, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

2002 "Jenny and David." The Soap Factory - Video Project Room, Minneapolis, MN. Curated by Joseph del Pesco.
"Here and There." Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Video Installation presented for the Fotofest Biennial 2002. (Catalog)

2000 "Jenny and David." Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Eric Heist.


2014 "Black Milk – Holocaust in Contemporary Art." Museum of Contemporary Art, Stændertorvet 3D, DK. Curated by Natalia Gutman and Mette Truberg Jensen.

2013 "America Latina, 1963–2013." Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France. Curated by Ilana Shamoon.
"18th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil: 30th Anniversary." SESC, São Paulo, Brazil.
"Recíproco / Reciprocal." Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Curated by Mo Reda.
"Looking for Video." Claudine Papillon Gallerie, Paris, France. Curated by Valentine Meyer.
"¡Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art." Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco. Curated by Tony Labat.

2012 "New Brasil – Bolivia Now." Galería Marta Traba, Fundação Memorial da América Latina, São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Nicholas Petrus.
"Salvajes - Digesting Europe Piece by Piece." Traneudstillingen Gentofte Exhibition Space, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curated by Guillermo Creus and Aukje Lepoutre Ravn
"FUSO - Anual de Vídeo Arte Internacional de Lisboa." Screening in the "Improbable Journeys" Program curated by Solange Farkas at the Garden of Museu Nacional de História Natural, Lisbon, Portugal.
"FLAVIA, Festival Latinoamericano de Video Arte." Screening curated by Alejandra Portela and Kekena Corvalán. Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"Southern Panoramas, Videobrasil Touring Exhibition." Travelling exhibition of the winning works from the 17th Videobrasil Festival. Travelled to the following venues: Centro Cultural de España, Ciudad de Guatemala; SESC Sáo José do Rio Preto, Santos, and Campinas, Brazil; and Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Maurititus Islands.

2011 "Salvajes." Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY. Curated by Guillermo Creus.
"Southern Panoramas, 17th international Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil." SESC, São Paulo, Brazil.
"Universo vídeo. Historias fugaces." LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Asturias, Spain. Curated by María del Carmen Carrión.
"Situating No-land: Videoart from Latin America." Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA. Curated by Rodrigo Alonso.
"Miamicito." Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami, FL in collaboration with Kiosko Galería, Santa Cruz Bolivia. Curated by Raquel Schwartz.
"10th Sharjah Biennial – Plot for a Biennial." Screening in the "Visual Utopias" Program curated by Solange Farkas. United Arab Emirates.
"Boredom and Fear and Anger… Jonathan Livingston Seagull." C. Bass International, Beacon, NY.
The Wrong Miracle, NoMINIMO Espacio Cultural, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

2010 "29th São Paulo Biennial -There is always a cup of sea for man to sail." Video Installation at Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil. Moacir dos Anjos and Agnaldo Farias chief curators.
"Recorded stories..." LMAK Projects, NY.
"Arte Lumen." Galería Kiosko, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
"KEAF International Short Film Festival." Screening during the 9th Korea Experimental Arts Festival, Seoul Art Space_Seogyo, Theater Zero, Seoul, Korea.
"Contextos." Espacio Simón I. Patiño, Cochabamba Bolivia.

2009 "The Tenth Havana Biennial - Integration and Resistance in the Global Age." Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam and La Cabaña, Havana, Cuba. Curated by Margarita González, Nelson Herrera Ysla, José Manuel Noceda, Ibis Hernández Abascal, Margarita Sánchez Prieto, José Fernández Portal, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda.
"Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas." Video installation in curated group exhibition for the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics' 7th Encuentro, Museo de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia.
"II Encuentro de Artes Digitales, La Paz Marka." Casa Gainsborg, La Paz, Bolivia.

2008 "Landscape as Litmus." The Museum of Contemporary Art, Republic of Srpska, Banjaluka. Curated by Sara Reisman.
"Freewaves: 11th Festival of Media Arts – Hollywould." Screening in several locations along Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Magali Arriola, Ciara Ennis, Suhjung Hur, Julie Lazar, Kenneth Rogers, Chris Scoates, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Jennifer Teets, Reggie Woolery.
"Encuentro de Artes Digitales, La Paz Marka." Casa Gainsborg, La Paz, Bolivia.
"Melodrama." Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY. Screening organized by Laura Parnes,

2007 "Timeline: Human Speed & Technology Speed." Korean Cultural Service, Beijing, China.
"By Invitation Only." Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery, New York. Invited by Saul Ostrow.
"TV Dinners." LMAK Projects, New York
"Jornadas del Cine Boliviano." Centro Simón I. Patiño, Cochabamba Bolivia. Screening curated by Rodrigo Rada.
"The Fifth Passenger." Museo Tambo Quirquincho, Municipal Museum of La Paz, Bolivia. Curated by Valeria Paz and Harm Lux.
"The End(s) of Photography: Modeling the Photographic." McDonough Museum of Art, Ohio. Curated by Saul Ostrow.
"Partners in Crime." Gallery MC, New York. Curated by Louky Keijsers, Mariely Lopez Bermudez, Sara Reisman, and Elena Sorokina.

2006 "Beyond Images." Video installation for a project of the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennial. Dukwon Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Curated by Jeeyun Kim.
"No More Drama; The Saga Continues." The Center for Book Arts, New York. Curated by Edwin Ramoran.
"The Studio Visit." Exit Art, New York.
"Moving Time." A tribute to Nam June Paik with work by 30 artists representing different generations and different cultural perspectives. Korean Cultural Service, New York.
"Anthologie der Kunst/ Anthology of Art." Discourse between 312 international artists and theorists who were invited to answer the question "In the context of contemporary art, what is your vision of a yet unknown art?" organized by Jochen Gerz. Exhibition travelled to the following venues: Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) Berlin 2004, ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre for the arts and media technology), 2005 and at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (Federal Kunsthall), 2006.

2005 "Bienal Internacional SIART." Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia.
"Dreaming of a More Better Future." Reinberger Galleries, The Cleveland Institute of Art, OH. Curated by Stuart Horodner and Saul Ostrow.
"Float." A presentation of site-specific, temporary, and ephemeral performance and video works curated by Sara Reisman. Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, NY.
"Moment-ito." Jamaica Center for Arts, Jamaica, NY. Curated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut.
"The Peekskill Project I." Site-specific video installation at a local Mexican food restaurant sponsored by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY. Curated by Natalie Angles, Paul Clay, Erin Donnelly, Lance Fung, Dr. Kòan Jeff-Baysa, Alison Levy, Jessica Rogers, Sue Stoffel, and Joseph R. Wolin.

2004 "Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows." Public art exhibition along Jamaica Avenue sponsored by the Jamaica Center for Arts, Jamaica, NY. Curated by Heng-Gil Han, Christopher Ho, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Melvin Marshall, Edwin Ramoran, and Sara Reisman.
"Salad Days." Artists Space, NY. Curated by Heather Felty Kouris.
"C_Scape: Sites of Cultural (Ex)Change." Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Deborah Cullen and Carolina Ponce de León.
"2nd Annual Reel Venus Film Festival." Screening at Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, NY.

2003 "Video X: Ten Years of Video at Momenta Art." Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Michael Waugh.
"L Factor." Exit Art, New York.
"Siting Sculpture." Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX.
"No More Drama; New Projects after Novelas." Longwood @ Hostos Art Gallery. Bronx, New York. Curated by Edwin Ramoran.

2002 "The S Files/The Selected Files." Biennial exhibition, El Museo del Barrio. New York. Curated by Deborah Cullen and Victoria Noorthoorn.
"Brooklyn à Paris." Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France in collaboration with Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY.

2001 "AIM 21." Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx. Curated by Lydia Yee and Edwin Ramoran.

2000 "FIDO Television." Hunter College Times Square Art Gallery, New York. Curated by Omer Fast.
"A Decade of Graduates, Invitational." 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York University, NY.
1999 "Zapping Zone." Gallery Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Juliette Cook.


2000 M.F.A., Studio Arts, New York University, New York, NY.
1991 B.Arch., Architecture, Minor: Photography, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
1990 Honors Exchange Program, Architecture, Ecole D'Architecture Paris-Villemin, Paris, France.


2014 Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's (LMCC) Paris Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Awarded by the LMCC in New York and the Mairie de Paris in France.

2013 Adjunct Professional Development Grant, New York University.

2012 Adjunct Professional Development Grant, New York University.
Nominated for a Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Grant, Miami, Fl.

2011 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Film-Video, New York, NY.
Videobrasil Artistic Residency Prize at Sacatar, Itaparica, Brazil throught Videobrazil and the Prince Claus Fund.

2009 J. William Fulbright Scholar Grant. Research/Teaching. Bolivia.
East Harlem Arts Grant. Association of Hispanic Arts, New York.

2008 Urban Artists Initiative Fellowship, Association of Hispanic Arts, New York.

2007 Nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, New York, NY.

2005 Exit Art individual artist grant for the "L-Factor" Exhibition. Exit Art, New York.
Grand Prize, Digital Photography Salon, Fundación Simón I. Patiño, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

2004 Nominated for a Rema Hort Mann Grant, New York, NY

2003 Artist in Residence at Workspace: The Woolworth Building Residency. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY.
Full fellowship in Photography. Vermont Studio Center, Johnston, VT.

2000 Artist in Residence at AIM Program, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY.
E. George Payne Memorial Award, New York University, NY.
President's Service Award, New York University, NY.

1998 The Jack Goodman Award for Art & Technology, New York University, NY.

1997-2000 Graduate Assistantship- full tuition and stipend. New York University, NY.


Summer 2013 Seminar Instructor in History of Art and Media, Fundación Simón I. Patiño, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2006-Present Adjunct Professor: Video, Department of Art & Art Professions, New York University.

Summer 2009 Fulbright Seminar Instructor in Film and Video: Museo Nacional de Arte, Education Department, La Paz, Bolivia.

2001, 2002, and 2007 Adjunct Professor: Digital Art, Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, New York University.

2006-Present Senior Educational Technologist, School of Education. Hunter College.

1999-2000 Teaching Assistant: Video/Digital Art, Department of Art & Art Professions, New York University.


2013 Studio Visits and Artist's Talk. Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.
Artist's Talk. Temple Universtity, FMA. Philadephia, PA.
Visiting Artist. Studio Visits and Artist's Talk. San Francisco Art Institute Graduate Lecture Series. San Francisco, CA.
Round Table, "The Performative Nature of Artist," Critical Voice's La Table Rond, New York.
Visual Artists Round Table, "El arte cruceño contemporáneo pide crítica y más público," Diario El Deber, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2010 Artist's Talk, Fundación ESART, La Paz, Bolivia.
Visual Artists Round Table, "Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas," 7th Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.

2009 Visiting Artist. Studio Visits and Artist's Talk. Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

2007 Visiting Artist Talk. School of Art+Design, Purchase College, SUNY, NY.

2004 Jamaica Flux Artists Panel. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NY.

2003 No More Drama, Visual Artists Panel. Longwood Arts Project, Bronx.


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Fundación Simón I. Patiño. Cochabamba, Bolivia.
CB Richard Ellis Development Corporation, NY.
Municipality of the City of La Paz Video Collection, Bolivia.
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