Awardee: Edgar Endress

Moving Image, 2005

Edgar Endress was born in Chile in 1970. He studied at ARCOS in Santiago, Chile, graduating with the B.F.A. equivalent. In 2001 he received his MFA from Syracuse University with a concentration in Art Video. Beginning in 1995, Endress' work was shown in Chilean and international contexts. His awards include Third Prize Experimental Category for Elvis Hates America at the Athens Film and Video Festival, OH; a Jury Award for Anonymous at the 3rd Biennial of Video and Electronic Art, Santiago, Chile; and a First Prize in Documentary Video for Wanglen or the New Fertility at the second Video and Electronic Art Biennial. Among Endress’ exhibitions are MoMA, The Contemporary Arts Museum of Cartagena, The New England Film and Video Festival, Boston Fine Arts Museum, The New York Video Festival, and the Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Project: Carry On

_Carry On_ is a short film about the search for an illegal Haitian immigrant, using an abandoned backpack as the primary clue. Based on the filmmakers' research of a hidden aspect of illegal immigration, the film references the process in which individuals arrive on U.S. shores in wet clothes, with dry clothes protected in a plastic bag. After making landfall, they exchange their wet clothes for dry, their old identity for new. In lush and poetic visual language, _Carry On_ chronicles the search for "Eulysses," a pseudonym for the bag's owner, whose identity is constructed through the contents of the bag.