Curated by Antonio Arévalo
PATRICK HAMILTON: THE SANHATTAN PROJECT
Gravitating around the vision of Santiago de Chile as metropolis, Patrick Hamilton’s project adresses the imposition of the neo-liberal model by the so-called “Chicago Boys” on Chile’s economy as well as the consequential representation of this model in symbolic and architectural terms. The fetishist, icon culture of consumerist societies such as that of post-dictatorial Chilean one and the diffuse relationships that occur between publicity and violence, cosmetics and power are subjects of the artist’s irony. Santiago thus becomes Sanhattan, recalling the imposed globalization process.
Born in Leuven, Belgium (1974), Patrick Hamilton lives and works in Santiago de Chile. His work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile), Museo del Barrio (New York), National Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul (Korea), Galería KBK (Mexico DF) as well as the Sao Paolo (2004), Havana (2003) and Prague Biennials (2005) among others. He was recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship of New York.
RONALD MORÁN: THERAPY FOR SWEET DREAMS
The video sequence projected on bedroom pillows refers to the innocent practice of “counting sheep” in order to provoke sleep. But instead of sheep, what appears to jump above our heads are “mareros” – members of those violent criminal gangs that control and extort whole areas in Central America-. As in previous works, Ronald Morán adresses the phenomenon of violence and teen criminal clans, caused by migration flows.
Ronald Morán (San Salvador, 1972. Lives and works there) has shown his work in numerous solo and group shows in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Worth mentioning are his participations in Teorética i(Costa Rica), the Prague Biennial and his forthcoming participation at the Latin American Pavillion of the Venice Biennale 2007. His work is also part of imporant public and private collections – such as the Margulies Sculpture Collection (Miami)
LOREDANA LONGO: EXPLOSION 14 HONEY MOON
Loredana Longo adresses in a playful and hazardous way the honeymoon night, conceived as origin of a nuclear family and its vicisetudes. As in previous projects, the artist undermines stereotypes and conventions and destroys the apparent calm of social gatherings with a sudden explosion, which despite of its violence represents a painful attempt to bring back and repair what has been abused.
Loredana Longo was born in Catania, Sicilly (1967), where she lives and works. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows internationally in galleries and museums such as the CCCB in Barcelona, La Box Bourges and the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa In Venice.