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Produciendo Realidad

Produciendo Realidad: Art and Resistance in Latin America
SAN MATTEO  •  Church of San Matteo  •  Ongoing
Curated by Marco Scotini, Produciendo Realidad is a wide-ranging exhibition presented by the Prometeo Association for Contemporary Art and brings together the work of 30 Latin American artists from Nicaragua to Venezuela and from Colombia to Honduras that have hitherto been totally absent from the international art scene.

The purpose of Produciendo Realidad is not simply to draw a kind of map of contemporary art in a territorial area with defined borders. Even less does it have the objective of restoring political-national identity in a national matrix. Rather it is organised round a thematic constellation in which normal relationships between economics, art, politics and culture undergo radical revision in terms of the particular emergency conditions that presently characterise Latin America.

Produciendo Realidad distances itself from all the clichés of “violence, poverty, murder and drugs” that connote these countries in order to highlight the strong relationship that has been created between artistic activism and the new social protagonists of insurrectional movements.

The title “Produciendo Realidad” refers explicitly to the economic and production state in which Latin America now finds itself, following the collapse of the International Monetary Fund’s neo-free-market model and adjustment policies. In addition, it refers to the new threat of military coups in many countries in the area. But “Produciendo Realidad” also aims to focus on resistance and protest strategies, the forms in which millions of unemployed organise themselves politically, the network of barter associations and the creation of alternative economic networks. The calle has become the preferred site of this portrayal, from the pickets interrupting traffic in Argentina and the informal economy of the Colombian neros to the construction of the favelas in Brazil.

From this point of view, the kind of art currently being produced in Latin America deals with a genuine “production of reality”. A wall picture showing the body of a beggar (Rosemberg Sandoval), distribution of payment for humiliating practices (Santiago Sierra), a line of coal thrown on the ground at the site of a military parade or a ton of books upturned in an avenida as picket (A-1 53167), payment of burial money in exchange for the tongue of a young corpse to be put on display (Teresa Margolles), and bartering refuse in a museum in the calle – these are just a few examples.

In Lucca the project will transform the exhibition space in the Church of San Matteo into a temporary barrio and the exhibition will be continued in other parts of the town where artists will take part in various ways: temporary outdoor platforms, local media networks (from radio to newspapers), and spaces equipped for film projections and public debates. The three central themes around which the project is organised are the illegal city and habitability, militancy and activism, and politics, identity and culture.

The selected artists are: A-1 53167(Guatemala), Regina Aguilar (Honduras), Brooke Alfaro (Panama), Narda Fabiola Alvarado (Bolivia), Erick Beltràn (Mexico), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Carolina Caycedo (Colombia), Wilbert Carmona (Nicaragua), Jota Castro (Peru), Alexandre da Cunha (Brazil), Regina Galindo (Guatemala), Grupo 24/7 (Beatriz Lopez, Sebastian Ramirez, Pablo Leon de la Barra - Colombia), Patrick Hamilton (Chile), Jonathan Harker (Ecuador), Federico Herrero (Costa Rica), Maria Rosa Jijon (Ecuador), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Xenia Mejia (Honduras), Ronald Moran (Salvador), Carlos Motta (Colombia), Carlos Navarrete (Chile), Ivan Navarro (Chile), Rodrigo Pacheles (Nicaragua), Ernesto Salmeron (Nicaragua), Rosemberg Sandoval (Colombia), Chemi Rosado Seijo (Puerto Rico), Santiago Sierra (Mexico), Javier Tellez(Venezuela), Francisco Valdes (Chile) and Wayruro (Argentina)

The catalogue contains a full list of the artists invited (many of them in Italy for the first time), together with a forum of politico-social essays by the exponents of the various movements, alternating with conversations between artists and critics.

Prometeo - Associazione Culturale per l'Arte Contemporanea Web Site


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