On April 23rd, the international jury will announce the list of the seven winners for SACO7 Seventh International Contemporary Art Festival, presented by Minera Escondida mining company, operated by BHP. Instituto Superior Latinoamericano de Arte(Latin American Superior Institute of Art (ISLA by its spanish acronym), is financed by the Other Collaborating Institutions Program of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.
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The work of Colectivo SE VENDE (FOR SALE collective), organizers of SACO, during the last decade has been expanding its areas of work, achieving that the focus of contemporary art at the level of CONOSUR is found year after year from June to August in the north of Chile. These rewarding achievements, precisely today are evidenced in the closing of the seventh edition of the event entitled SACO7 Origen y mito ( SACO7 Origin and Myth), which reached around 230 projects from North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Nominations from Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Holland, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and Thailand are the countries that, thanks to the network of institutions, embassies, media and cultural agents, today allow a positive evaluation of the international competition process to exhibit at the Melbourne Clark Historic Quay located in the capital city of Barcelona.
The campaign to publicize the Festival’s internationalization process demonstrated that it is possible to attract people from all over the world. An example of this was what happened between December 6 and March 5, when for the first time the SACO team called for the support of the international art scene with the aim of having seductive proposals that dialogged with the community and the landscape within the framework of the theme of the artistic exhibition that seeks to investigate the particular origins of each social, ethnic, spiritual or family group.
The international jury will meet at different stages to choose the artists they also would be meeting on-line, to discuss the concepts, the discursive potential, and the coherence with the curatorial theme SACO7 Origin and myth.
The definition of the winners of the international competition will be led by Inés Artola (Spain), independent curator and academic of Art History at the University of Warsaw; Gloria Cortés (Chile), curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Chile; Sebastián Cichocki (Poland), chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Lola Malavasi (Costa Rica), curator and art historian and member of TEOR/éTica, a space dedicated to art; and Dagmara Wyskiel (Poland-Chile), curator and director of SE VENDE collective.
Now the presentation folders have already gone through the admissibility review by the curator of the event, Fernanda Fábrega, to assess the feasibility of the proposals, both in an economic context and the relevance of the heritage site to intervene, a procedure carried out by the general producer of SACO, Christian Núñez. The seven chosen creators will have one week of residency at ISLA, Latin American Superior Institute of art, for the materialization and assembly of their artworks, with all expenses paid and a fee. After the inauguration, they will participate in the trip of contextualization with the territory, to Quillagua, in the commune of María Elena, place recognized by NASA as the driest place on the planet.