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Arsenale, Isolotto
Entre Siempre y Jamás
(Between Forever and Never)
Vernissage: 3 June, 1:30 pm

Artists, participants:
Please see the list below
Patricia Rivadeneira
Deputy Commissioner:
Alessandra Bonanni
Alfons Hug
Paz Guevara
Patricia Rivadeneira
Curator Brazilian participation:
Alberto Saraiva
Partner: Goethe-Institut

IILA (Italo-Latin American Institute), the institute which, since 1972, has organised the "Latin American Pavilion" at la Biennale di Venezia, will present at the 54th International Art Exhibition an exhibition that brings together for the first time artists from all the countries of Latin America, proposing an experimental project on the culture of the continent.

For this 54th edition, IILA is enjoying the work of a team of Latin American and European experts, such as the IILA Cultural Secretary, Patricia Rivadeneira, Commissioner of the "Latin American Pavilion", and Alfons Hug, invited by IILA as Curator of the Pavilion. Hug was curator of the Bienal de São Paulo in 2002 and 2004 and the Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, in 2009. At the moment he lives in Río de Janeiro, where he heads the Goethe-Institut, institutional partner of this exhibition.

The exhibition is entitled "Entre Siempre y Jamás" (Between always and never), a quote from a poem by the Uruguay writer Mario Benedetti, and is dedicated to the Latin American Bicentenary of Independence, recovering the significance of that independence and its cultural patrimony, articulating through art the temporal and local echoes that stem from it.

The artists participating in this exhibition have explored the length and breadth of Latin America. They’ve visited small, tranquil towns in the hinterland of various countries, the crowded and overflowing megalopolis firmly rooted in the past as well as the modern metropolis that have entirely up-rooted all vestiges of history. Using contemporary resources, they’ve explored all 200 years of Latin American independence.

More about:
Curatorial text    |   Press release
Artists, participants:

Leticia El Halli Obeid
* 1975 Córdoba, Argentina. Lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Narda Alvarado
* 1975 La Paz, Bolivia. Lives in Boston, USA.
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Neville D´Almeida
* 1941 Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Sebastián Preece
* 1972 Santiago de Chile, Chile; lives there.
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Juan Fernando Herrán
* 1963 Bogotá, Colombia; lives there.
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Costa Rica:
Sila Chanto
* 1969 San José, Costa Rica; lives there.
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Reynier Leyva Novo
* 1983 Havana, Cuba; lives there.
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Dominican Republic:
David Pérez Karmadavis
* 1976 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
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María Rosa Jijón
* 1968 in Quito, Ecuador. Lives in Rome, Italy.
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El Salvador:
Walterio Iraheta
* 1968 San Salvador, El Salvador; lives there.
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Regina José Galindo
* 1974 Guatemala-City, Guatemala; lives there.
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Adán Vallecillo
* 1977 Danli, Honduras. Lives in Santa Lucía, Honduras.
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Julieta Aranda
* 1975 Mexico City, Mexico. Lives in Berlin, Germany, and New York, USA.
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Rolando Castellón
* 1937 Managua, Nicaragua. Lives in San José, Costa Rica.
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Humberto Vélez
* 1965 Panama City, Panama. Lives in London, United Kingdom, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Claudia Casarino
* 1974 Asunción, Paraguay; lives there.
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Fernando Gutiérrez
* 1978 Trujillo, Peru. Lives in Lima, Peru.
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Martín Sastre
* 1976 Montevideo, Uruguay. Lives in Madrid, Spain.
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Alexander Apóstol
* 1969 Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Lives in Madrid, Spain, and Caracas, Venezuela.
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In addition, because IILA's institutional aims include promoting cultural relations between Latin America, Italy and Europe, the exhibition project includes a number of artists who in Latin America have realized works dedicated to the Bicentenary:

Alberto Maria De Agostini
* 1883 Pollone, Italy. In 1910 he arrived in Tierra del Fuego, at the south of Chile and lived there until 1949 as a missionary of the Salesians of Don Bosco order, cartographer, photographer and filmmaker. He died in Turin, Italy, in 1960.
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Gianfranco Foschino
* 1983 Santiago de Chile. Lives as a nomad around the world.
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Christine de la Garenne
* 1973 Karlsruhe, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.
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Olaf Holzapfel
* 1969 Görlitz, Germany. Lives in Dresden and Berlin, Germany.
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with Teresa, Mirta, Dionisia, Noelia and Luisa Gutiérrez from the Wichi indigenous community, Argentina

Björn Melhus
* 1966 Kirchheim/Teck, Germany. Lives in Berlin, Germany.
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Istituto Italo-Latinoamericano (IILA)
More information, contact:

Cultural Department
Italo-Latin American Institute
Via Giovanni Paisiello, 24
00198 Rome
Email: s.culturale(at)iila.org
Website: www.iila.org
Tel.: 0039 / 0668492.246
Fax: 0039 / 066872834
>> Press release

>> Curatorial text by Alfons Hug


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