This is a three-channel video installation based on a trio of fantastic but true stories that occurred in Union City, New Jersey, a wildly eccentric, predominately blue-collar Hispanic town unlike any other on the East Coast.
The stories, which deal with murder, suicide, kidnapping and forcible hypnoses are a part of the growing group of underground urban Latino mythology, and I am particularly interested in exposing these hidden narratives. The storytelling devices I’ve employed are straightforward, and perhaps threadbare; the stories don’t have definite closure, have little character development, and almost no dialogue. These are stories of the body, stories of the street. They are almost purely psychic in their representation, and I believe that my experience with experimental video has allowed me to find the head of the trail, to treat narrative in a purely visual way.
Delmira Valladares (Jersey City, NJ) is a video artist who earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Her work has been screened and exhibited at the Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, Anthology Film Archives and the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema at Collective Unconscious in New York, Vertex List Gallery in Brooklyn , and at the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey.