Curating Chilean Precarity
In September 2012, Massimiliano Gioni – curator of the 55th Venice Biennale – visited Chile to encourage the Cha.Co Art Fair. If biennials and independent spaces sit on the left in the “art system” (because of their potential critical density) and fairs on the right (because of their commercial and decorative character), why is Gioni inaugurating this fair?
The Chilean Ministry of Culture has eliminated the “Trienal de Chile” in favor of this fair. Today, without a biennial or triennial, Chile is deliberately a fair-oriented country. How should the state support to Chile’s participation in Venice, then, be understood?
This year Alfredo Jaar will be representing Chile at the Chilean Pavillion. Why does this globally known and politically correct artist who questions the idea of nationality suddenly have the desire to represent his native country? Does Jaar truly represent the precarious scene of “Chilean art”? How is this relation between Jaar and the current Chilean state to be understood?Luis Alarcón and Ana María Saavedra