November 15, 2006–March 18, 2007
Converging documentary and fictional footage, Stan Douglas’s film, Inconsolable Memories, is based in part on a Cuban film from 1968, Memories of Underdevelopment. The original film by, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, portrayed the alienation of a character named Sergio, a bourgeois intellectual struggling in the social climate of Cuba in the early sixties, after the Bay of Pigs invasion and missile crisis. Douglas’s film fast-forwards the same character to the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, when Fidel Castro allowed a temporary lift of emigration restrictions and some 125,000 Cubans left for the United States. Given the opportunity to leave, Sergio chooses to stay in the fractured city. In Inconsolable Memories, Douglas manipulates Alea’s original film by retaining the characters but introducing a divergent historical setting. The past and present overlap with the interplay of two black-and-white, 16-mm film loops projected simultaneously onto one screen.