Chile is the first producer country of electronic waste in Latin America, with 22 lb of waste per person. This reality led to government to create Chilenter 14years ago, a nonprofit foundation that tries to reduce the digital divide in the country through recycling of electronic waste.
To make aware in citizenships, the Foundation inaugurated TransformARTE 2 exhibition in Estación Mapocho Cultural Center, which have 25 artworks made from the electronic scrap. The exhibition will remain open to the public until July 31 at the Hall Emilio Jecquier.
Chilenter director, Irina Reyes, spoke about the mission behind TransformARTE 2:
Where did the idea of organizing the second version of this exhibition from?
The vision of the exhibition tries to expose the problem of electronic waste. Today there is no aware that they pollute and they are a waste. You talk about plastic bags, Tetra Pak and everyone associated them with recycling, but in our country there is no awareness about electronic waste (e-waste); There is no a better way to change this through art.
How was the process of artists calling?
The artists are invited to a breakfast at the first stage of the call. There, we tell them about exhibition and electronic waste. All of them joined and called other artists. They are completely involved in the project; they will find new materials and new ways of working the works.
What is the difference between this exhibition and what was realized in 2015?
There is learning from the point of view of materiality and adhesives. I also believe that artists have explored, they have seen that in a piece of computer, there is aluminum, copper, tin; there are different minerals that they are rescuing and transforming them into art.
What is expected of this future exhibition?
Here, there is a beautiful collective work. I think that part of our soul is put into this project; we hope that it will become in a tradition. This year we made an open call and arrived more than 40 artists. Unfortunately, we had resources to make a exhibition of 25 works. I make a call to business because we need the resources to get the book of the exhibition and at the same time to continue showing the exhibition in other places.
Among the invited artists are Pamela Awad, María Eugenia Akel, María Francisca Lohmann and Patricia Schuler, who left his works in the curatorial of Andrés Hermosilla. He spoke about the organization of the event.
How did you get involved in this project?
The Chilenter foundation invited me to be part of this exhibition as curator. This is the second version, last year I participated as an artist and this year I assumed a new role. For me it is a tremendous challenge because I have experience as a curator, it is a job that I enjoy doing.
What kind of artists can be seen in the exhibition, which is the concept that shows the exhibition?
Here there is only sculptors, we have artists of all visual arts. I know most of the participants, then really attracted me the challenge of helping with a museography that gives each work the best space. It is treated about the concept of recycling act and working with electronic waste. All this is about with environmental care.
And what about the sculptures?, What can visitors expect?
Among all the sculptures, there are some sculptures that are about with nature, with animals, trees, insects and animals. On the other hand it is most technologically associated to humans, such as use of technology, aircraft etc…