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IGNACIO GATICA: STONES ABOVE DIAMONDS

Gatica began this new body of work in the winter of 2020 when he traveled to Chile to renew his US visa. As the early stages of the pandemic set in, Gatica waited and watched as banks began to board up their facades. This was in the context of Chilean protests initiated by the increasing of subway fares in 2019. He photographed the banks, eventually amassing hundreds of images.

MARCEL PARDO ARIZA: AFTER TOUCH

Marcel Pardo Ariza (b. 1991, Bogotá, Colombia) is a trans visual artist and curator that explores the relationship of representation, kinship and queerness through constructed photographs, color sets and installations. Their practices celebrate the erroneous, navigate intergenerational connection, and question arbitrary paradigms while pushing against the boundaries of photography.

BORN IN FLAMES: FEMINIST FUTURES

“Born in Flames” highlights a number of artists referencing non-Western folklore and mythologies to create alternate futures. Their works are representative of how each artist is thinking about futurism––including Afro-, Asian-, Indigenous-, and Latinx-futurism, or something that emerges from those narratives.

HELLEN ASCOLI: CIEN TIERRAS

“Each weave is intimately related to the body it harnesses,” the artist writes. “Its warp is the width of my hips, its length mirrors my height, its designs are spaced by the threads I can hold in my hand… It carries memory through touch, a proximity sense. I choose to use materials that reveal vestiges of bodies that were once there.”

ANNA MARIA MAIOLINO: IN THE SKY I AM ONE AND MANY AND AS A HUMAN I AM EVERYTHING AND NOTHING

Anna Maria Maiolino (b. 1942) is one of the most significant women artists working in Brazil today. The Italian-born Brazilian artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland, at Kunsthaus Baselland, features a selection of her early videos, films, photographs, poems, and texts, spanning a narrative arc through her artistic work and life from the 1970s to the present. She converses here with curator and Art Historian Ines Goldbach.

Installation view, Queer Communion: Ron Athey. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2021. Photo: Jeff McLane/ICA LA

QUEER COMMUNION: RON ATHEY

As one of the most generative and important performance artists to emerge in the twentieth century, Athey challenges traditional limits of artistic practice—activating the body as a site of trauma, resistance, sexuality, and religious ecstacy. The artist, who has been HIV positive since the mid-1980s, explores pain, fetishism, power, and queer politics, commenting on the intersections and synergies among Christian fundamentalist religious traditions and ritual, through highly visceral performances and interventions

JORGE SATORRE: BLACK JACKET, GRAY SWEATSHIRT

Satorre connects the interior of the art center, protected by its thick defensive walls, and the exterior, a garden that runs alongside. “Most of the works included in this exhibition at CRAC Alsace were developed on site, intuitively responding to the characteristics of the space and its surroundings. The formal core of the proposal consists in connecting the interior of the building both physically and conceptually to the garden behind it”, says the artist.

Edgar Calel, Hellen Ascoli, Regina José Galindo at Radical Empathies, 2021, installation shot, Callirrhöe, Athens, 2021. Photo: Alexandra Masmanidi

RADICAL EMPATHIES

The exhibition «Radical Empathies» focuses on the intersection of feminism and ecology featuring artists from Guatemala where authoritarian regimes as well as western interventionism have brutally inscribed their politics on all bodies: human, animal, plant and celestial. These bodies, vulnerable, unstable and transient deflect fixed notions of violence and provide a space of resistance and resilience

HILOS

«Hilos» is a response to the way craft is framed within Western institutions displaying Latin American, Indigenous and Caribbean Art. Historically these works are shown within a “primitive” lens of the past, and disregard the continuous ripples of colonization that have been woven into the fabric of Latinx identity and history.

Vista de la exposición “New works for a post-worker’s world”, de Rodrigo Valenzuela, en la sala principal de la Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago de Chile, 2021. Foto cortesía del artista

RODRIGO VALENZUELA: NEW WORKS FOR A POST-WORKER’S WORLD

In their invocation of histories of labor, and of industries created by humans in order to displace themselves in the service of capital, these photographs intersect with the struggles for unionization, a longtime interest for Valenzuela. They stress the body’s worth—both single and collective—as well as that of rest and pleasure.