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Sudamerican Rocker. Galería Revolver. Buenos Aires, Argentina

April 24, 2019

 

 

Despite their distances and differences, and in spite of their conflicts and inconveniences, Latin American countries have common stories and experiences, narratives and situations that weave deep community ties between them, which make them meet and recognize each other. One of these common experiences has to do with the fact that, in most of the South American nations, the concretion of modern political systems, republican and democratic systems, has been a difficult, rugged process that has been constantly challenged by its own vital and cultural complexity, by the coexistence of different "ways of life" sometimes opposed to each other, by the existence of a social body contaminated by inequalities and injustices, and especially by the threat of a "militarism" that, at different moments of its history, has eroded spaces and public institutions. In effect, the different South American countries have suffered the oppression of dictatorial systems that have not only dramatically undermined their social structure, but have also led them to live in extremely difficult times in which daily life is fissured, losing its capacity to understand themselves in terms of tomorrow and the future, and in which violence becomes ordinary texture and custom. The experience of existing under these dictatorships, despite the fact that they occur at different times and under different circumstances, produces wounds in the social body, configure and de-configure it simultaneously, leaving an indelible mark on the symbolic landscape that constitutes the life of these nations.

 

The exhibition Sudamerican Rocker, which is presented in Revolver Gallery, Buenos Aires, addresses the problem of dictatorial oppression from four key geographical points in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, and in a time frame that spans from the beginning from the seventies to the present, with the aim of creating a dialogue that allows us to look again, to think again, and to re-discern about those events. The exhibition is a partnership between Carmen Araujo Art Gallery of Caracas, Ruth Benzacar Art Gallery of Buenos Aires, Isabel Aninat Gallery of Santiago de Chile and Joan Prats Gallery of Barcelona. The artists presented are Carlos Alonso and Ana Gallardo from Argentina, Iván Navarro and Raúl Zurita from Chile, José Carlos Martinat, Alberto Bórea and Emilio Rodriguez-Larraín from Peru, and Luis Arroyo, Iván Candeo, Carlos Castillo, Marcos Montiel-Soto, Suwon Lee and Christian Vinck from Venezuela. All of these artists reflect on the multifaceted subject that emerges in times of political crisis, each from their different visual strategies, in situations and places of loss and confrontation, as a consequence of historical events loaded with violence, concerns, fears and longings.

 

As the title of the exhibition evokes ironically, it is South America which reveals its particular way of coexisting with pain, violence and with the perverse exercise of power. Looking at itself, its own territories and ways of life, these works are a testimony of their unique ways of facing and confronting their own discomforts. Therefore, these are works that interrogate and question, works that interrelate contexts and interlocutors, that invite us to rethink the dramatic experiences of which they are a sign and trace.
Revolver Gallery 2019

 

 

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A pesar de sus distancias y diferencias, a pesar de sus conflictos e inconvenientes, los países latinoamericanos tienen relatos y experiencias comunes, narraciones y situaciones que tejen entre ellos lazos profundos de comunidad, que los hacen encontrarse y reconocerse mutuamente. Una de estas experiencias comunes tiene que ver con el hecho de que, en la mayor parte de las naciones sudamericanas, la concreción de sistemas políticos modernos, sistemas republicanos y democráticos, ha sido un proceso difícil, accidentado, que ha estado constantemente desafiado por su propia complejidad vital y cultural, por la convivencia de distintas “formas de vida” a veces opuestas entre sí, por la existencia de un cuerpo social contaminado de desigualdades e injusticias, y especialmente por la amenaza de un “militarismo” que, en distintos momentos de su historia, ha erosionado los espacios e instituciones públicas. En efecto, los distintos países sudamericanos han sufrido la opresión de sistemas dictatoriales que no sólo han minado dramáticamente su estructura social, sino que además los han llevado a vivir unos tiempos extremadamente difíciles en los que se fisura la vida cotidiana perdiendo su capacidad para entender-se en términos de porvenir y futuro, y en los que la violencia se convierte en textura ordinaria y costumbre. La experiencia de existir bajo estas dictaduras, a pesar de que ellas ocurran en distintos momentos y bajo diversas circunstancias, produce heridas en el cuerpo social, lo configuran y lo des-configuran simultáneamente, dejando una marca indeleble en el paisaje simbólico que constituye la trama vivenc