FALL 2015: Embodied Absence

Embodied Absence

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September 26, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA)
Av. República 475, Santiago Centro, Chile
Contact: Marcela RamosARTS @DRCLAS Program Manager 

This exhibition is based on the DRCLAS-led research project  Conceptual Stumblings

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 contends 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 presents 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 features 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.

For media coverage of the exhibition, please click the links below.
Diario El Pais
For more media coverage please visit the Museum's exhibition post

For interview to Liz Munsell, please click here
For photographs of students visits to the exhibition, please click here
For link to Cecilia Vicuna's LONDON LECTURE, please click here 
For link to Juan Castillo and Raul Zurita's artist conversation, please click here


Presented by the MSSA in collaboration with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)  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.


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