Edgar Endress, born in 1970 in Osorno, Chile lives in the DC Metropolitan area and teaches at George Mason University. His work incorporates aspects of his identity and environment. His video creations and documentaries reveal a very personal style of editing and camera work, with a constant interest in the relation between the natural and built landscape, as well as in the human presence and personal histories created in these spaces. He is also the founder of the Floating Lab Collective; a mobile museum with the goal of bringing the arts into everyday public life and stimulating engagement about contemporary art and social issues.
Much of Endress’s work involves immigrant populations or marginalized groups. In 2005 he presented the recreated story of an illegal immigrant attempting to enter Chile, who was shot and killed in the process.
This piece is about the reconstruction of the life of the undocumented subject, which I re-created by collaging different news clips from both countries. This unknown subject personified a figure that struggled inside the fundamental elements that compose the Latin-American social fabric. It incarnates the body that must be controlled by the two dominant superpowers in this social fabric, religion and militarism. The effects of this control resulted in madness and death.
Undocumented was presented at the fair:play 2006 video festival
Endress’s recent project BonDieuBon examines the journey of illegal immigrants to the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a quest for anonymity in their new environment, many immigrants abandon—by accident or on purpose—personal affects upon arrival on local beaches. Through a variety of media, including an archive of discarded objects, photographs, and video, Endress eloquently pays tribute to these individuals and raises questions about identity and memory.
One piece from the project found at Leinster Bay, St. John, USVI