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El Mundo L.A. DVD was written and directed by Harry Gamboa Jr. It includes 7 experimental videos that Harry Gamboa Jr., an internationally recognized writer and visual artist, created during the 1990s. As co-founder of the Chicano art group ASCO (1971-1987), he developed such multi-media forms as the “no-movie” and “fotonovela,” which drew attention to the workings of mass culture. In the mid-1980s, working through cable access, Gamboa produced a series of "conceptual dramas" that explored both stereotypical and traditional notions about the Latino family. In these works, collected here for the first time, Gamboa combined the political influences of the Chicano Movement with the narrative excess of film noir, Bmovies, and Mexican telenovelas.
Gamboa's work was seen in Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 at LACMA in 2011.
Videos included are:
El Mundo L.A. Humberto Sandoval, Actor. Humberto Sandoval searches for reasons why there are no pyramids in Aztlán. 1992, SVHS, color, 12:00. In English.
L.A. Familia. The Chicano nuclear family experiences a meltdown at ground zero of urban L.A. Included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial.1993, SVHS, color, 37:00. In English and Spanish.
Mañanamania. A woman reveals her recipe for burnt relationships as she bakes her cake and eats it too. Premiered at Museum of Modern Art, New York. 1994, SVHS, color, 14:00. In English.
Fire Ants For Nothing. A man declares his humanity as he struggles to push psychological boulders from his path. 1994, SVHS, color, 8:00. In English.
Huevitos. Rotten eggs make the marriage as love is scrambled beyond repair. 1994, SVHS, color, 21:00. In English, Spanish, and Caló.
Loner With A Gun. A street artist alters the urbanscape with images of guns as he paints his way towards peace. 1994, SVHS, color, 8:00. In English.
Rite of Overpass. Crossing-over is never accomplished when bridges crumble easily as fragile ideals. In memory of Lorraine Ordaz. 1998, SVHS, color, 14:00. In English.
- 114 minutes