Naomi Uman: A Gaze

CalArts International Salon

Ibero American Feminist Filmmaking


Naomi Uman, Film/Video - Live Action - MFA 1998

Co-Hosted by Valentina Pelayo Atilano, Film/Video - Film and Video - BFA 2016 and

Patricia Gonzalez, Executive Director of International and Community Partnerships

Produced in arrangement with Cineteca Nacional de Mexico

Naomi Uman

is a Mexican National and experimental artist producing work in a variety of mediums. As a filmmaker, her work is often marked by her signature handmade feminist aesthetic, which includes shooting, hand-processing, and editing her films with the most rudimentary of practices. An ethnographer, she submerges herself in the world of her subjects prior to filming them, not only seeking inspiration, but allowing the work to be organically influenced by this act. 

Uman’s experimental documentary films have been exhibited at the Sundance and Rotterdam International Film Festivals, The New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film festival among others. Her work has been screened at The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney, The Smithsonian, and Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Mexico/U.S.A. Fund for Culture, and the Bank of Austria. She received her MFA in Live Action from CalArts School of Film/Video in 1998. Uman teaches at the Fine Art Museum in Mexico City, leading workshops in handmade filmmaking.  

Valentina Pelayo Atilano

was born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has resided and created her art in Mexico City, Los Angeles, London, Spain, and most recently Portugal. Her creative practice intersects painting, installation, and film, and has been commissioned by the European Union and the U.S.A., exhibiting at the REDCAT, Morelia and FICUNAM International film festivals, the General Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Institute of Mexico in Spain, and recently participated at the development workshop Arché of DocLisboa. With CalArts she collaborated as a film curator in a program that included two retrospectives of Sharon Lockhart, and Billy Woodberry, which showcased for the first time in Mexico at the Cineteca Nacional in 2018. She studied at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and received a foundation diploma from Central Saint Martins College of Art (2010), a B.F.A. in film and video from CalArts (2016), and an MA in Cultural Theory and Criticism from UC3M (2017), currently she is developing a multimedia Installation for Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola in the Basque Country. 

Patricia Gonzalez

originally from Cartagena, Colombia, earned her BFA at Wimbledon School of Art in London. Her work is found in the private collections as well as permanent collections of several museums, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Palm Springs Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has served CalArts in several key positions, including as Associate Director of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), Assistant Vice President for Special Projects & Board Relations, and now as Executive Director, International & Community Partnerships

Additional Collaboration and Support provided by: 

CalArts Alumni and Family Engagement, Cineteca Nacional México, Maile Colbert, Liliana Santana, Adriana Trujillo

Saturday, February 27th

10am PST