During the month of March I was invited by R.I.C. (Residencias de Investigación Curatorial, a project initiated by curator Alexia Tala and collector Pedro Montes) to visit Santiago, Chile for one week to research the city’s cultural scene, including artists, alternative spaces, and museums. Although well aware of the perils of the flash visit and the impressions that this kind of format can produce, I nonetheless felt compelled to write a brief account of my experience in Santiago (and Valparaíso) and the conversations that ensued there. I have always been suspicious of the brief curatorial research trip and its subsequent text -a format now common among the transnational curatorial elite- fearing its inevitable becoming into a travelogue of superficial accounts and glib first impressions.
On a chartered flight above the shade, clouds filter a sunny sky above the region of Murcia in Southern Spain. As part of the ARCO Madrid 2010 Contemporary Art Fair VIP program, a group of collectors, curators and a handful of artists spent 24 hours visiting this emerging contemporary art mecca on a chilly weekend in late February 2010.[...]
Currently on view until October 14th 2009 at the Museum of Art in Caguas (MUAC), TENDENCIA is a multidisciplinary event that brings together a group of contemporary artists whose practice ranges from video, installation and urban art. Organized by Victor Alex Reyes and Norma Vila Rivero, the event boasts of presenting a curated sample of emerging artists that reflect prevailing global trends in contemporary art.[...]