Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Responding to the coup d’état and its aftermath in the 1970s, Chilean artists residing in Santiago and abroad created works that spoke to their experience of political, social, and geographic marginalization. They developed highly coded languages to evade censorship, exhibited work in public space in lieu of institutional support, and formed independently run galleries and artist collectives to protect their individual identities. The results were frequently ephemeral works that utilized the human body and impermanent materials as primary mediums, thus disappearing following initial presentations and interventions.
Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now brings works of art and documentation from this historic period into dialogue with new performances and collaborations with contemporary Chilean artists of a younger generation. The exhibition forefronts the challenges of historicizing elusive artworks by presenting works that take photographic and video documentation and human memory as points of departure, reactivating, rearticulating and witnessing the interventions and works through the lens of the contemporary moment.
Works by Unión por la Cultura (UNAC), Colectivo de acciones de arte (CADA), Elías Adasme, Carmen Beuchat, Francisco Copello, Luz Donoso, Juan Downey, Carlos Leppe, Catalina Parra, Lotty Rosenfeld, Cecilia Vicuña and Raúl Zurita, with Cristóbal Lehyt, Felipe Mujica and Johanna Unzueta. A complete schedule of public programs and performances will be announced shortly.
Guest curated by Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & Special Initiatives, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and visiting curator, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.
The first iteration of this exhibition, Embodied Absence: Ephemerality and Collectivity in Chilean Art of the 1970s (Sep 2015–Jan 2016), was organized by the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile in collaboration with DRCLAS. The exhibition was carried out with the MSSA's substantial support in research and production of works in dialogue with the artists. This exhibition is based on the DRCLAS-led research project Conceptual Stumblings.