Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: ORIANA and GOSILA

Thursday, October 26

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT

Gene Siskel Film Center Theatre 1, 164 N State St

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, ORIANA, 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

Join San Juan-based artist and filmmaker Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (MFA 1997) for the Chicago premiere of her new feature ORIANA.


“Less a speculative vision about what might be and more a provocation of how other futures are actualized in the present.” – Walker Art Center
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s (MFA 1997) films explore the physical and symbolic stories of the Caribbean. In ORIANA, a band of feminist warriors takes refuge in a verdant Puerto Rican landscape. Set in the wake of Hurricane Maria and featuring performances by a group of San Juan–based artists and activists, the film takes inspiration from French writer and theorist Monique Wittig’s radical 1969 novel Les Guérillères. As Muñoz’s characters move through forests, abandoned industrial sites, and colonial ruins, ORIANA visualizes the possibilities for creating a decolonial and feminist world. (2023, Puerto Rico, DCP, 78 minutes / In Spanish with English subtitles)

A film about disorder, sense-making from the ground up, slowness, and the work days after the hurricane. (2018, Puerto Rico, DCP, 10 minutes / In Spanish with English subtitles)

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her expanded moving-image practice brings together Boalian theater, experimental ethnography, and feminist thought to focus on the sensorial unconscious of anti-colonial movements and everyday poetic work in the Caribbean. Her artworks have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including solo shows at Argos Centre for Audiovisual Art, Brussels; Pivô, São Paulo; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France; Espacio Odeón, Bogotá; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and the New Museum, New York. She received a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.



$13 General public
$8 Students with a valid ID
$6.50 Film Center members
$5 SAIC faculty & staff & AIC staff
Free for SAIC students

Unless otherwise noted, SAIC student tickets are released five days prior to showtime. Tickets must be picked up in person from the Gene Siskel Film Center box office. A student ID is required.


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Conversations at the Edge is SAIC’s award-winning media art series, organized by the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Video Data Bank. For more information, visit saic.edu/cate.