Mireia Sallarès

(Barcelona, 1973)

Mi Visado de Modelo, 2005

Lightbox, video, posters
16' 51

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Mireia Sallarès viaja a EUA, donde conoce a Zaloa, a quien esta a punto de expirar el visado a los pocos meses. Coinciden, pues, en Nueva York, Zaloa — obligada a buscar recursos para construir una profesión con la que poder conseguir un visado de residencia— y Mireia, recién llegada con la intención de escribir un guión cinematográfico. El resultado es este documental sobre cómo la camarera vasca consigue el visado de modelo sin haberlo sido nunca. De hecho, sobre cómo lo hace sin disponer de las aptitudes físicas que podrían hacer más verosímil la historia. Juntas construyen un personaje, una identidad falsa para Zaloa que les permitirá, a ella sortear los obstáculos que le brinda el sistema de tramitación de visados estadounidense, y a la artista urdir una crítica al sistema legal, narrando la historia verídica de una mentira.

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Mireia Sallarès travels to USA where she meets Zaloa, whose visa was about to expire in a few months. They coincided in New York, Zaloa, obligated to find resources to build a false profession in order to obtain a residence permit, and Mireia, just arrived in the great metropolis with the intention of writing a film script. The result of this documentary about how the Basque waitress manages to get a visa to work as a model without ever having been one. In fact, about how she does so without even having the physical aptitudes that could make the story more plausible. Together they build a character, a false identity for Zaloa that will allow her to overcome the obstacles she faces in the North American system, and the artist to plot a criticism that lifts the screen on the flagrant incoherences that it is based on. A constant negotiation between reality and fiction with which, once again, Mireia Sallarès gets close to an alien experience and makes heritage from an experience that, although it is unique, is never ending. 

Installation view at "Monuments" exhibition, CA Tarragona, 2013.