On April 4th, a collective exhibition was inaugurated at the Embassy of Chile in Rome: Ultra_Sur – Contemporary art between Italy and Chile. Visiting exhibitions in embassies or cultural institutes has a certain charm: they give us the dimension of what happens in certain areas of the world, presenting projects dedicated to the culture and contemporary history of the country to which they belong.
The collective show offers an overview of various artists such as Gabriel Holzapfel, Ofelia Andrades, Francisco Belarmino & Estefanía Muñoz, Juana Dìaz, Mauricio Garrido, Gabriel Holzapfel, Alexis Mandujano, Pamela Pintus, Orlando Rojas, Nikolas Sato, Carlos Vidal, Francisca Yañez and Pamela Pintus, the only Italian, who exhibited – as a guest – the fruit of a recent, very intense residence in the Andean country. Pintus speaks of a Chile rich in cultural ferment and new artistic spaces, very different from what we usually imagine.
Chilean artists take up modern Italian art, such as Mauricio Garrido in the collage Dante y Virgilio, or refer to the conceptual one, as in Plebiscito 4ª vuelta, Baja, by Gabriel Holzapfel, a cross formed by two pencils that recalls both “the act of drawing”and sacredness itself.
In the exhibition two different realities coexist, a synthesis of the cultural exchange between Chile and Italy in the last five years. Installation, photography, collage, and painting, as in Composicion number 6. Daniela’s Birthday Party, by Ofelia Andrades, a shiny oil with an almost photographic realism. And we find the photograph with Alex Mandujano, in Baños turcos, all turned blue, which portrays instead a moment of relaxation necessary in the chaos of globalization. A world made of joints. Carlos Vidal talks to us about joints, with Modular, Serie Modular, Composición Hexagonal II, a work composed of three-dimensional modules.
And what do I think about having visitedthe show? I think the theme of travel is a fundamental theme. And why do artists travel? Because they catch something, something that their sensibility pushes them to reach by moving. Moreover, to talk about contemporary Chile, there will also be masterclasses at MACRO, one of our city’s contemporary museums, on April 30th (Gabriel Holpzafel and Pamela Pintus) and May 23rd (Mauricio Garrido, Carlos Vidal and Francisca Yañez). Because other worlds are not so far from us.
Ultra_Sur – Contemporary art between Italy and Chile. Embassy of Chile in Rome. Artists on show: Ofelia Andrades, Francisco Belarmino & Estefanía Muñoz, Juana Dìaz, Mauricio Garrido, Gabriel Holzapfel, Alexis Mandujano, Pamela Pintus, Orlando Rojas, Nikolas Sato, Carlos Vidal, Francisca Yañez.