Opening Reception: May 27th 7-10PM
Sound Concert by Mario Z & The Museo Realmente Contemporáneo / Guest: Benjamin Wildenhaus: May 29th 7-10PM
Artists Talk: Sat, May 30th 7pm
Chilean Miracle examines the transformations Chile witnessed since the 1970s, following Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship and the arrival of neoliberalism’s no less ruthless global capitalism.
Using theorist, curator, and art historian Andrés Grillo’s curatorial text as a jumping-off point, artists Sergio Acevedo, Mario Z, Francisco Huichaqueo, María José Rojas, Hugo Leonello, Angie Saiz and Alejandra Herrera respond to a phenomena still unfolding within the socio-political contexts in which they live, while also interrogating the claims and conventions of the exhibition space.
Grillo will address the scope and limitations of neoliberalism in relation to the works on view in an artists panel on May 30th.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Francisco Huichaqueo (1977) holds a degree in painting from the University of Chile with highest distinction, also has studies in Documentary Film Film School Chile. He serves as academic in Experimental Video, Digital Animation and Drawing and Color at the University of Chile and the Arcos Institute. It has cured three samples of video art, animation and experimental film, Plastic Videos, Video Instances of Art and Lenguamadre presented at the Museum of Visual Arts in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. Additionally he has participated as in the events: XI Festival del Bosque Video and Film Festival Concepción. His work has been subject to analysis in various bodies including the 5th International Festival of Animation and Time FLIP 2009 TVN 25 and Via X. Besides that receives frequent invitations to discuss the process of their work in cultural centers and exhibition spaces Europeans in the context of the exhibition tour Warriache funded by the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hugo Leonello (1977) He did his studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile. His work has been exhibited in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, France and USA, both individually and collectively. It has been benefited from scholarships, as FOECA and FONCA, State Fund and National for Culture and the Arts of Mexico (2009, 2012), special support performing work abroad of To National Council for Culture and the Arts in conjunction with the Directorate General of International Affairs of Mexico (2012) and the Development Fund for the Arts and Cultural de Chile (2004). Among the awards outstanding selection for XV Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo, Mexico 2011 (Hons), Arteamericas ninth edition, USA (2011), V National Biennial of Visual Arts Yucatan (2012), IX Biennial FEMSA Monterrey Mexico 2009 (collection FEMSA), Fotografest, Festival of Dance and Electronic Media Photography Video of Mexico (2008), Peripheral, Art Base, Meeting New Trends and Languages of Contemporary Art in Argentina (2006), the honorable Mention in Young Art, Chile (2004), and the selection for the Biennial of Video and New Media, Juan Downey de Chile (2003).
María José Rojas (1974) is an artist Visual Artist Medial and Theatrical designer. Develops his work in the conjunction of these three disciplines media installation, video and object construction. The themes that the artist addresses are born from a concern for pointing invisible or subtle aspects of reality, making the viewer complicit in a space of contemplation and awareness of their perception. Finding situations the edge of perception and our sense of reality speaks of a spiritual motivation in their art. His work has been exhibited in Chile, England, Poland, Iceland, Switzerland and the United States.
Sergio Acevedo (1982), is a visual artist with a degree in Fine Arts from the University Uniacc and Diploma in Cultural Management at the same institution. His artistic production has developed in building projects in-situ and, recently, in the work of unique pieces outcome of the investigation of materiality and conceptual translation operations. Currently, projects exhibitions both inside and outside the country, which are part of a series of works designed under this last line. It also makes editing and production work in visual arts. Lives and works in Santiago de Chile.
Mario Z (1970), visual and sound artist. He studied percussion at the National Conservatory of Music of the University of Chile and graduated in Fine Arts in Painting mention Arcis University. His work has developed from painting, installation, sound and experimental music, exerting media manipulation, forming a transfer of meaning thereof thereby constructing new discourses and paradoxes. He has exhibited in major museums and galleries and abroad. Her work is in private and institutional collections. He won the "International Competition for the creation and audiovisual authorship Juan Downey" (2013) of the 11th Biennial Medial Arts at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile and is nominated for "Altazor" award in the categories of installation and video art (2014). Lives and works in Santiago de Chile.
Angie Saiz (1977) is visual artist producing work in painting, photography, public intervention and video installation. His work develops aesthetic problems from imaginary biographical and crossing and crises between new technologies and concepts of time, limbo and ruin. He has exhibited at important venues in Chile, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Visual Arts MAVI and Metropolitan Gallery. He has also participated in samples outside the country in areas such as YAKU in Quito Water Museum and Marta Traba Gallery in Sao Paulo. It also works as a producer in visual arts projects and performs editorial work in related publications. He currently lives and works in Santiago de Chile, and performs exhibition projects inside and outside the country.
Alejandra Herrera Silva (1978)
BFA from Universidad de Chile and further studies in Valencia, España and Belfast, Ireland. Co-founder of PERFOPUERTO (Independent Organization of Performance Art in Chile, 2002-2007) with several grants from FONDART (National Fund for The Arts and Culture) and DIRAC (Department of Cultural Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Her practice is installation and performance based and through the explorations of her own body (gender) that reference the inevitable biological implications that the body has as a social and political being. In recent years, she has been working on the issue of maternity and domestic life. Her work has been presented in performance festivals such as: Trouble in Belgium, Anti in Finland, Staglinec in Croatia, 7A11D in Canada; and other countries such as Germany, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, United States, and Northern Ireland. Since 2007 she lives in Los Angeles, California.
The exhibition will be open for viewing during regular gallery hours (Wed-Sun, NOON-6PM) or by appointment beginning May 22, and continuing through June 9.
Organized by: Alejandra Herrara Silva