Art in Atacama
The desert feels endless, and endlessly surprising. Beneath its torrid landscapes lie stories, traces, and colors whose richness and complexity can only be hinted at above. Invited by Chilean curator Rodolfo Andaur, we joined a group of international artists and curators on a journey through the beautiful sprawl of the Atacama desert.
Over the course of two weeks, the group met with local artists and institutions, exploring Chile’s multifaceted art scene beyond the walls of its capital. From Quisma to Pisagua, Pica to Iquique, each visit served as a geo-capsule for research, reflection, and dialogue for visitors and locals alike.
Like the desert with its grains of sand, this project brought together the vast and the singular. Local questions of history, ethnography, and politics intersected with global artistic practices and research, leaving both sides inspired and invigorated.
The trip took place from July 8 – 18, 2018 by invitation of Rodolfo Andaur and was supported by Pro Helvetia’s Coincidencia exchange program.
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