February 21, 2012, 7 p.m.
Rodolfo Andaur, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
•Local Reality as Memory Desertification•
Contemporary Art in the North of Chile
Talk moderated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Giving insights in the developments of contemporary art and politics in Chile today, the curator Rodolfo Andaur will present his studies about what he calls »Local Reality as Memory Desertification«. This concept discusses the paradoxical dynamics alongside the idea of a state and reflects the potential of art as a form of »Local Reality«. If »Local Reality« can be described as the layers of memory in a place, so Andaur, the political events that construct the collective notions of those realities need to be examined. How political events influence the artistic view in the »desertificated« region of North Chile is one of the topics of Andaur’s lecture. The following discussion will be moderated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, who initiated and directs the project space »Savvy Contemporary« in Berlin to instigate dialog between western and non-western art and discourse.
Rodolfo Andaur studied journalism and holds an MA in Art History. He has worked as contemporary art curator of the called Northern axis of South America promoting and diffusing Chilean artistic practices towards Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. He worked as curatorial assistant to Chilean-Swiss artist Ingrid Wildi Merino for her exhibition/research project »Dislocación« on cultural identity and globalization, as well as to the curator of the »First Visual Art Triennial« in Chile. These two exhibitions contributed to the dissemination of contemporary Chilean art on an international level. Furthermore he is director of the Sonares journal and has published numerous papers in journals, newspapers and catalogs.
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