In its seventh version, titled Origen y mito, the Festival will bring 40 experts from 13 countries to Antofagasta, turning the city into a global contemporary art point.
Within a week will begin SACO7 Origen y mito, the Contemporary Art Festival of Chile, an initiative of Mobile Platform Colectivo SE VENDE of Contemporary art and annually presented by Minera Escondida/BHP.
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This new versión will gather artists and curators of international level as Luis Camnitzer, Juan Fabbri, and Margarita Sánchez, many of them will visit the north of Chile for the first time.
Luis Camnitzer, Uruguayan born in Germany and settled for decades in New York, is acknowledged as one of the most important conceptual artists of Latin America. Unconventional and close to education, his pieces have been exhibited in museums of England, the USA, Swiss and Mexico among many others. As the main guest of this edition, Camnitzer will exhibit two of his pieces: Please Look Away and Jane Doe, in addition to give a lecture in the Catholic University of the North.
Next to him, the artist, anthropologist, and curator of the National Art Museum of Bolivia, Juan Fabbri will assist to the Festival, who has participated in a series of international art festivals and his work has been exhibited in countries like Mexico, Equator and Chile (SACO3). He will be in SACO7 participating in a curatorial panel on July 18th and as a curator of the Fricciones exhibition that will be open on July 19th.
On the other hand, Margarita Sáncheze, bachelor in History of Art, is a researcher of the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center and member of the highlighted Biennial of Havana, where she is responsible the preselection of artists and pieces of Latin America. She will be the curator in the Festival of the Herencia exhibition, and she will pedagogical review of portfolios of artists from the North of Chile.
Dagmara Wyskiel, director of SACO, tells that: “This year we reflect about the origin in its multiple contexts. We give new readings to the history: personal and global. The seventh Festival of Contemporary art offers to its visitors twelve exhibitions disseminated in the expository circuit ‘museo sin museo’ in Antofagasta and San Pedro de Atacama, a panel, a colloquium, four lectures, a clinic, three workshops and two reviews of portfolios. Also, The program of this year includes three international residencies in Calama, San Pedro de Atacama and Antofagasta, four meetings in schools of Antofagasta, Mejillones, and Quillagua, a meeting among archeologists and anthropologists with curators and artists in San Pedro de Atacama and two travels of contextualization towards the inside of the region. We hope it becomes an unforgettable experience, for all”.
The event will take place on July 19th at 19 o’clock at Minera Escondida Foundation and will have ten exhibitions in Antofagasta and one in San Pedro de Atacama, all of them free and open to the visitors that are added to the traditional exhibition in the Muelle Histórico of the city on August 9th, titled Origen y mito and in which will participate artists from Bulgaria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Poland y Chile.