Seeing the exhibition, Hernán assures he is moved. He had never seen the material gathered. He further says the image he has of his brother has not changed over time. Within his family they continue to remember him constantly, and in light of events, it seems that Hernán Parada’s work is not only open but is also a way of mourning. “Obrabierta is not closed until Alejandro reappears,” he says firmly.
In a moment when cryptocurrency has swiftly become a global phenomenon, this exhibition considers the ways in which dematerialized currency and the ostensible abstraction of value still have tangible impacts. Requiring access to the internet, smart devices, and various software and hardware, the digitization of finance is presented as a seamless, worldwide network, but it in fact has roots in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
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.
In line with Frederic Jameson’s musings on the relationship between utopia and science fiction, and seeing the latter’s strength in failing to accurately imagine a real future, «Archeology of Sacrifice» similarly plays with our imagination’s incapacity. Global capitalism is once again responsible; we’re frozen within its trap, unable to seek alternatives. Instead of presenting a conclusive vision, the film offers a plethora of prospects which “defamiliarize and restructure our experience of our own present».
Carol Stakenas, curator at-large for the Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), talks to Chilean Amsterdam-based artist Martín La Roche (1988) about his three-month residency experience at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the Beautiful Distress Foundation (Amsterdam) program, whose mission is to raise awareness of mental distress under the belief that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and representing the human condition.
This year we celebrate our tenth anniversary with a special online sale that brings together a hundred leading artists from Chile and other Latin American countries. The sale will be online throughout May in the new Artishock store, Artishop, hosted at artishockrevista.com/tienda
‘Próceres [National Heroes]’ is a newly printed series (2018) that Paz Errázuriz originally took in 1983. Taken in a government run warehouse in Chile, ‘Próceres [National Heroes]’ captures the last evidence of toppled Chilean statues. These monuments had been violently dismantled and damaged during the height of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1974–1990). This exhibition at Cecilia Brunson Projects in London is the first public showing of this series.
New York-based gallery Proxyco presents «Where Land and Sea Melt into Sky», an exhibition of works by artists Johanna Unzueta (Chile, 1974) and Felipe Mujica (Chile, 1974). The exhibition foregrounds the notion of the artwork as a product of labor, pointing at process, craft work, and collaboration as significant elements of their artistic creation. Working together but maintaining separate practices, the artists have influenced each other for more than 20 years through the exchange of ideas, techniques, and methods.
The distance between becoming a Buddhist monk, a private detective or art curator did not seem to be very large for Dan Cameron (1956, Utica, New York), who began his curatorial practice in the 80s, when it still seemed to be more like a hobby than a profession. He trained with Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum, where he had the opportunity to work as Senior Curator between 1995-2006, being responsible for exhibitions of renowned artists, and pioneering in presenting Latin American artists such as Doris Salcedo, Cildo Meireles and Eugenio Dittborn. For him, a curator is like an arbiter of the various processes and discourses that surround artists and art-making, «a kind of triangulation that not everyone is temperamentally suited for.»
“Past | Present”, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s third solo exhibition at Upfor, is comprised of two parts: in September, a selection of prior work from major series in photography, video and painting; and in October, the debut of a new body of monochromatic photographs. Valenzuela’s works often involve narratives around immigration and the working class. Rooted in contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, his staged scenes manipulate codes of representation to affect viewers’ perception of logic and reality.