In the 1970s, Miguel Angel Ríos escaped the military dictatorship in Argentina and emigrated to Mexico and United States. Central to many of his works is the critique of manmade divisions, borders and discrimination.

There is a haunting sense of urgency in the poetic juxtapositions of nature, movement and matter in the work of Miguel Angel Ríos. The restless and sometimes anguished actions of the protagonists suggest an attempt to escape from an imminent danger or threat, the source of which remains off-screen and not revealed to the spectator. With the choice of striking settings and situations, Rios creates real and symbolic narratives of resistance to forms of political, cultural and geographical forms of domination. The charged poignancy and dramaturgy of his works renders them both particular and universal.

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