Greetings Friends, 2017, single channel film. 54 min
Greetings Friends is a full-length essay film titled after a Disney Studio produced film. In 1941 the United States government created the Office of Inter-American Affairs, stemmed from a growing concern of potential Nazi infiltration in Latin America. They hired Walt Disney to produce animated cartoons, most of which focused upon Latin America as subject. These videos took on health issues such as malaria, water treatment and tuberculosis, while also producing animated characters as visual representations for these countries. In Greeting Friends, Pescador reconsiders these films and their relationship between cultural diplomacy and colonialism. In examining the regions that Walt Disney visited and documented, Pescador attempts to understand how Disney iconography is still being culturally appropriated today.
Paul Pescador is an artist, filmmaker, performer and writer discussing social interactions and intimacy as they pertain to one's own personal identity and history. They graduated with an MFA from University of California, Irvine and a BA from University of Southern California. Select exhibitions and screenings include: UV Estudios, Buenos Aires; Biquini Wax, Mexico City, LADRÓNgalería, Mexico City; Los Angeles Cousy Museum of Art, Los Angekes; Main Museum, Los Angeles, The Pit, Glendale; 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica; 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica; gallery1993, Los Angeles; Coastal/Borders, Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Angels Gate Cultural Center; LAND at The Gamble House, Pasadena; Vacancy, Los Angeles; Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles; Park View, Los Angeles; and Human Resources, Los Angeles. Select performances include: Machine Projects, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Archives; Performa 2015; Colony, New York; UC Berkeley: Durham Studio Theater; PAM, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, with KCHUNG TV, Los Angeles; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Los Angeles; and ForYourArt, Los Angeles.