Embodied Absence: Ephemerality and Collectivity in Chilean Art from the 1970s

Curated by Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Initiatives, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



During the first years of the dictatorship, Chilean artists that resided both inside and outside of the country created works that stemmed from their experience of political, social and geographic marginality. Such works often involved ephemeral materials or utilized the body as their principal medium, thus making them difficult to access following their initial presentation.
The exhibition contended that the establishment of local and international artist collaboratives encouraged vigorous production in conceptual art within and in connection with Chile. These relationships have engendered the survival of such works despite temporal and physical distance.

Embodied Absence presented works from the past in video, installation, prints, collage, photography and documents, together with new works and performances created in response to the challenge of exhibiting art of an ephemeral nature. The exhibition featured works by Elías Adasme, Carlos Altamirano, Carmen Beuchat, Francisco Brugnoli, Juan Castillo, Francisco Copello, Luz Donoso, Juan Downey, Virginia Errázuriz, Juan Pablo Langlois, Carlos Leppe, Hernán Parada, Catalina Parra, Lotty Rosenfeld, Eugenio Téllez, Cecilia Vicuña y Raúl Zurita.

Presented by the MSSA in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and made possible in part by generous support from the Brillembourg and Brodsky Endowment Funds at DRCLAS, the Fundación Arte y Solidaridad, and the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura.


PERFORMANCE  by Cecilia Vicuña . London Lecture: El arte es la revolución"


ROUND TABLE   with Raul Zurita and Juan Castillo. Moderated by Sebastián Vidal