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Sundown Anthology

Sundown Anthology
Ray Santisteban
February 22 – April 26
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Guadalupe Gallery (located in the Guadalupe Theater)

San Antonio is bird city and at dusk during the winter roost, countless grackle silhouettes are seen swirling, clustering on tree limbs and clinging in synchronized files to power lines.  Sundown Anthology  presents a compilation of Ray Santisteban’s practice of pursuing this perennial phenomenon using hybrid iPhone camera apps, capturing the immediacy of twilight and bird flight in the grainy contrast of dark blurred forms against the failing light.

About Ray Santisteban:

Ray Santisteban is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has  aired nationally and internationally on public television. His work includes multi-media video installations and photography.

Santisteban has embraced a daily habit of informal photography as a way to spark creative possibilities within his ongoing documentary work. The pictures are random, never planned and reflect daily interactions with people, localities and events.  Always in search of the unexpected, his photography is ultimately an extension of the documentary video tradition in which he was formally trained.

A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored subjects as diverse as a one hour documentary on New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – PASSIN’ IT ON, (Co-Producer)  and explored the roots of Puerto Rican poetry in, NUYORICAN POETS CAFE (1994, Director, Producer, Editor). In 2003 he directed and produced VOICES FROM TEXAS, a one hour documentary on poetry and spoken word traditions within the Mexican-American community in Texas, and was the Senior Producer of VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE IN THE U.S., a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004.

Over the course of his career he has received a Student Academy Award (1993, documentary category), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1994), Faculty of Year Award: Chicano Studies Program. University Wisconsin-Madison (1996),  Rockefeller film and video fellowship (2005), San Antonio Artist Foundation award (2006), and numerous awards for individual films.