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18 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
Direction: Dagmara Wyskiel
Curatorial Concept: Now or Never
Eight exhibitions with 360º online tours, four with public access; seven face-to-face workshops, and residencies for 12 artists from Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America.
July - September 2019
Direction: Dagmara Wyskiel
Curatorial concept: Destiny
Exhibitions, residencies, workshops & debates
The Contemporary Art Festival SACO is held annually since 2012 in the region of Antofagasta, in northern Chile, immersed in the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world. Its aim is to establish a permanent hub of critical reflection and dialogue through works of art, in a territory marked by the inexistence of institutions dedicated to pursuing these goals.
In the world capital of copper mining, SACO is proposed as an alternative to deepen in excavations no less valuable, but more urgent and of a renewable wealth: creativity and dialogue. At the same time, the region in which it is framed has extensive beaches, salt mines, and a privileged sky, which allows the study of the universe and the development of astronomy. One of the most important observatories in the world, ALMA, belongs to this region.
After its first nine versions, the Contemporary Art Festival will be transformed in 2021 into the Biennial of Visual Arts of Chile 1.0, without losing its status as an international event located in the dry but privileged periphery, far from the capital of the country, which allows it to dialogue with the rest of the world. SACO has three pillars that frame all its activities:
MUSEUM WITHOUT MUSEUM
To build imaginary exhibition spaces where contemporary art is presented as utopia in the middle of the world's driest desert. More than 40 artists from 15 different countries participate in SACO8, 2019, transforming schools, universities, anthropological sites and museums into contemporary art rooms.
SCHOOL WITHOUT SCHOOL
Development of educational projects inside and outside the classroom in a territory where formal pedagogical education in arts is almost non existent. The school without school is based on these ideas that work from the absence to generate a proposal of activities and projects that brings art to the community.
TERRITORY / RESIDENCIES
The Pacific Ocean coast, the world's driest desert and the continent's most pristine skies make up a unique landscape that contextualizes the Festival's work. Artists and curators from different countries and continents face for the first time the landscapes of the Atacama Desert, discovering in the apparent absence a whole range of concepts, ideas and proposals unique on the planet.
Discover how the three approaches unfold at:
From press information.
© Photos: Courtesy of SACO8.
The Instituto Superior Latinoamericano de Arte, ISLA, is the center for artistic residencies administered by the SACO Cultural Corporation. As a place of creation, reflection and exchange, it is built under a logic of environment and operation by and for artists, offering a contribution to their work as well as being a facilitator of cultural networks with the north of Chile and the continent.
All artists, both national and international, as well as curators and researchers, who carry out some type of project with residence at ISLA, are committed to contributing to the development of the local scene, dictating a training instance for free.
Faced with the indefinite closure of physical places to promote art, during the festival, SACO inaugurated ISLA +, an open space in the street for the exhibition of works in video format.