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Latin American Pavilion

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Updated: 27 January 2016
For the Latin American Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, which runs from 1 June – 24 November 2013, Alfons Hug and Paz Guevara will co-curate an exhibition that features artworks by a selection of contemporary artists from both Latin America and Europe.

The Latin American Pavilion will feature artists from 16 South American countries and 3 artists from Europe. German curator and art critic Alfons Hug partners once again with Chilean curator Paz Guevara to co-curate the exhibition within the Latin American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. In particular, the Pavilion will showcase the history of artistic collaboration between Europe and South America.


Within the contemporary art context, this close cultural interaction and exchange between Europe and South America has intensified in recent decades. Some of the most influential Latin American artists have studied and worked in Europe; others continue living there, where they are now considered representatives of their new homeland. This exchange cuts both ways, as increasing numbers of well-known European artists work in a Latin American context. The Latin American Pavilion will explore this new geopolitical aspect, investigating the experiences of cross-fertilisation between artists from the two continents.


Entitled El Atlas del Imperio – The Atlas of the Empire, this year’s exhibition draws inspiration from the literary allegory found in the book Del Rigor en la Ciencia – On Exactitude in Science, by Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges. In the book, Borges imagines an empire where the science of cartography becomes so exact that only a map on the same scale as the empire itself will suffice. The writings of Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and Italian author Italo Calvino’s Invisibile Cities were also conceptual influences on the Latin American Pavilion’s theme.


Each of the artists selected for this year’s Venice Biennale will thus design his or her personal symbolic cartography in which importance is given not to topographical precision, but rather to the accurate observation of details, to interpersonal relations or to precarious situations of the present. The vast space of the Isolotto within the Venetian Arsenale will thus be transformed into a symbolic atlas in which Latin American and European artists are juxtaposed as a creative dialogue.


Latina American Pavilion, Various Artists


The Latin American Pavilion

In collaboration with the Italo-Latin American Institute (IILA) and Goethe Institut.

Artists: Guillermo Srodek-Hart (Argentina), Sonia Falcone (Bolivia), Juliana Stein (Brazil), León & Cociña (Chile), François Bucher (Colombia), Lucía Madriz (Costa Rica), Humberto Díaz (Cuba), Miguel Alvear e Patricio Andrade (Ecuador), Simón Vega (El Salvador), Marcos Agudelo (Nicaragua), Jhafis Quintero (Panama), Fredi Casco (Paraguay), David Zink Yi (Peru), Collettivo Quintapata (Dominican Republic), Martín Sastre (Uruguay), and Susana Arwas (Venezuela).

Additional artists: Luca Vitone (Italy), Christian Jankowsky (Germany) and Harun Farocki & Antje Ehmann (Germany/Brazil). In collaboration with: Cristián Silva-Avária, Anna Azevedo, Paola Barreto, Fred Benevides, Anna Bentes, Hermano Callou, Renata Catharino, Patrick Sonni Cavalier, Lucas Ferraço Nassif, Luiz Garcia, André Herique, Bruna Mastrogiovanni, Cezar Migliorin, Felipe Ribeiro, Roberto Robalinho, Bruno Vianna, and Beny Wagner.

Curator: Alfons Hug

Co-Curator: Paz Guevara

Commissioner: Sylvia Irrazábal

Venue: Pavilion at Isolotto – Arsenale


About The Culture Trip’s Venice Biennale Project

The 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will take place from 1 June – 24 November. The Culture Trip’s Venice Biennale Series is an article series leading up to the start of the exhibition. With 88 countries participating in this year’s Biennale — 10 of them for the first time — and 150 artists from 37 countries, our coverage over the next couple of months will highlight a selection of the National Pavilions that will be participating in the 2013 edition of the Venice Biennale. Watch this space for our daily Venice Biennale updates or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!


By Marinel Valentini