Sarah Minter: Nadie es inocente – 20 años después

Film Screening

October 08, 2020

Sarah Minter – Nadie es inocente – 20 años después
(No one is innocent – 20 years later), 2010, 75min.
08.10.2020, admission: 7pm, start 7:30pm

Due to the current situation, the number of participants is very limited. A previous registration by mail until October 06 is required: info@galerie-rettberg.com
Mask obligation and safety distance apply.


In Nadie es inocente – 20 años después Sarah Minter reconstructs the individual paths of the teenagers of her movie Nadie es inocente (1987) twenty years later. This work is part of the exhibition The world is not like us, it was imposed, we try to transform it curated by Anna Goetz.

Sarah Minter’s work Nadie es inocente offers a glimpse into the teenage lives of members of the punk band Mierdas Punk living in Nezahualcóyotl (an informal settlement of Mexico City). The docu-fiction is structured around Kara’s narration as he looks back and critically reflects on the daily experiences and visions of band members: described are struggles with a social system controlled by others and by which they are being marginalized. Neza (coll. for Nezahualcóyotl), where the teenagers live, is a prototype for an urban district whose development—due to a profound socio-economic shift—was unplanned: docked on to a large city it was only subsequently integrated into its infrastructure. Conditions within the informal settlement structure where the teenagers reside become an allegory for the social reality confronting them in their growing up. The teenagers’ history becomes a metaphor for the resistance against the values and modern notions of development and progress imposed on societies as desirable and through which social hierarchies are constructed and reproduced.

In Nadie es inocente – 20 años después the artist reconstructs the individual paths of the teenagers twenty years later, weaving together a new visual map of Neza and the life circumstances of her protagonists. They reflect on their accomplishments and frustrations in relationship to the hopes and dreams of their youth.

The screening takes place accompanying the current exhibition The world is not like us, it was imposed, we try to transform it at Galerie Rettberg.

Image: Sarah Minter, Minueto, 2010-2014, video still, HD video in 16:9, color, 3 min. 30 sec, courtesy Emiliano Rocha Minter
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