Orientation trips
The Mondriaan Fund organises orientation trips for visual artists and mediators to Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2004. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals.

In the evening there was a special networking event organized by the Mondriaan Fund in collaboration with Alexia Tala (director Platform Atacama), supported by Antenna and MAVI – Museum de artes visuales. Three people of our group made a presentation about their activities while 5 artists from the Chilean scene presented their work – the Pecha Kucha format, 7 mn and 21 images made it quite quick and efficient! The 5 artists were: Cristian Silva-Avaria, Maria Edwards, Benjamin Ossa, Voluspa Jarpa and Rodrigo Arteaga.

But first, we had a tour in the museum and learned about the history. At the beginning there’s a private initiative: the family Santa Cruz Jaconi was collecting pre-colombian art, and was deeply involved into archeology – they funded for example expeditions in the north of Chile that made great discoveries possible like the Tulor site. In the 70’s they turned to contemporary art of Chile and the collection covers art since then until today (though the museum doesn’t have fund for acquisitions). Nowadays, even if the museum is dedicated to contemporary art, there’s still a room dedicated to archeology with related exhibitions.

At the moment there is an exhibition by Francisco Huichaqueo, who is at time artist and curator of the project: he shows objects from the Mapuche culture in a display that he designed, as well as 4 films about what you could call Mapuche spirit, with a close relation to nature. This project of modest scale has nevertheless a strong impact in a country that has complicated relationships with its native populations, specially with indigenous peoples. And it’s good to hear that several kids visiting the show could affirm proudly their Mapuche origins (which apparently is still kind of rare in Chile).

The museum is presenting two other shows, by Carla Ripley and Teresa Gazitua who works with stones and deals with landscape.

Isaline Vuille