Olivier Ressler


Oliver Ressler and Dario Azzellini, «Comuna Under Construction», 2010. Courtesy the artists.
Oliver Ressler, “The Fittest Survive”, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

«Comuna Under Construction», 2010
(with Dario Azzellini). Video, color, sound, 94’ 2010

In more than 30.000 Consejos Comunales  (community council) the Venezuelan inhabitants decide on their concerns collectively via assemblies. Several Consejos Comunales can form a Comuna and finally a communal town. The film “Comuna Under Construction” follows these developments throughout the hillside of the shantytowns of Caracas and the vast and wet plains of Barinas in thecountryside. The councils are built from below and alongside the existing institutions; they are supposed to overcome the existing state through self-government.

The assemblies are a central element of the film “Comuna Under Construction”. Starting off in the well organized Consejo Comunal Emiliano Hernández located in one of the shantytowns of Caracas, the film then shows the intentions of forming Comunas and a communal town in rural Barinas. It ends in Petare, a gigantic shantytown of the agglomeration of Caracas where there are 29 Consejos Comunales intending to build the Comuna of Macas.


Tuesday the 22nd of October, from 11 p.m. until 6 p.m.
at Cinema Dynamo, 4th floor.