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Dino Real
Caleidoexótica for Traffic Magazine, 2015
Photo: Juan Caliva
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Video Art Manual, 2015
Installation View: Keren Cytter

In "Video Art Manual" Keren Cytter undermines the relationship between actors, setting and camera as typical for her handling of the medium film. Thematically the approximately 15 minutes feature is about the history of video art. Instead of offering a historical analysis of the medium and its development in the last forty years Cytter focuses on the conditions of how contemporary video art will be produced, installed and consumed. By doing this her video work can literally be seen as a manual to her own work.
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First Day of Good Weather
The group show took place at Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
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Performance
Naufus Ramirez Figueroa
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Piña Matriz, 2014
Installation View: Carlos Fernandez

Proyecto basado en dos sistemas distintos para el cultivo de la piña, producto estrella de exportación en Costa Rica y a la vez un ícono de la vida en el trópico.
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No One Belongs Here More Than You, 2016
In the background: The Totality of True Propositions (Before) by Julien Prévieux
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Aníbal López
Central American Biennial, 2016 at Despacio
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Performance
Naufus Ramirez Figueroa
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Julian Charrière
Siempre cuenta cuántos cuentos cuentas, 2016 at Despacio
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Naked Fish Festival
The happening took place on April 2016 at Despacio.
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Avenida Central, San José
Entrance for Despacio
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Naked Fish Festival
The happening took place on April 2016 at Despacio.
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Aníbal López
Central American Biennial, 2016 at Despacio
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No One Belongs Here More Than You, 2016
No One Belongs Here More Than You, 2016
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First Day of Good Weather
The group show took place at Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
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El hábito de estrofas, 2011
Installation View: Fabiola Carranza
Carranza hand painted nineteen signs for ambulatory and home-operated businesses in his ancestral hometown Atenas, Costa Rica. Each sign was made in accordance to the demands of its owner. She exchanged the signs she crafted for the originals and exhibited at Despacio. She also invited local vendor, Idalia Martinez, for whom she had made a sign to sell food at the opening reception.

Photo: Ronald Reyes
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Naked Fish Festival
The happening took place on April 2016 at Despacio.
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Dino Real
Red Leopard Duke, 2014
Photo: Julian Garita / Natalia Jimenez
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Performance Series

Upcoming: Starts Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 4 pm
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Despacio starts the year with a performance festival set to explore the limits of new exhibition formats and underground cultures. Invited curator Alejandro Ramirez Salas is conceiving the ongoing program, which begins with the festival and continues with eclectic performance nights held every six weeks.

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Agenda:


February 4, 2017
Performance Festival (Facebook Event)
Participating artists: Yamil de la Paz García, Johan Phillips, Erina Libertad, Mimian Hsu, and Sergio Rojas Chaves


March 16, 2017
Performance Night (Facebook Event)
Artist: Andres Gudiño


April 26, 2017
Naked Fish Festival (Website / Facebook Event)
Fish Market and Performances
Participating artists: Charly Le Poissonnier, Dino Real, Elyla Sinvergüenza, Javier Calvo, Monsieur Bien, Oscar Ruiz-Schmidt, Señorita Abril and Robertito
Directed by Sandino Scheidegger


May 25, 2017
Performance Night "La patria su peso" and Chicha Bar
Artist: Stephanie Williams


July 29, 2017
Performance Night (Facebook Event)
Artist: Eder Castillo


Subsequent performance night dates and details to be announced.

Performance nights take place at Despacio every six weeks. This new program, if not otherwise noted, is curated by our guest curator Alejandro Ramirez Salas.

Karaoke todos los días

Ongoing: Started on Saturday, July 01, 2017
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Who said there ain’t no artist-run spaces in Costa Rica? Five local artists will take over the Despacio premises for two months, operating Despacio as an artist-run space under the name Karaoke todos los días. Things are bound to change.

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Artist-run spaces are excellent platforms for artists, leading to new opportunities. Directed with the intimate knowledge of what artists need to develop work and how to approach a public, such independent art spaces are a great alternative to the exhibition-focused models of museums.

By their very nature, art museums focus on existing art, art that is considered valuable, art that has already gained its spurs and must be preserved for the future. The spaces directed by artists, on the other hand, are focused on the dynamics of contemporary art, without being sure that this same art will also be the art of tomorrow.

Giving the reins of such a space to an artist leads to a different and often closer relationship with other artists. The choices that are made tend to be more individualistic. The powerful personal influence of the artist helps to develop a diverse program that is not driven by visitor numbers.

Each artist-run space has a collective identity related mainly to its artistic creation and, ultimately, the chosen forms of how to present the artistic creation and how to communicate the happenings and exhibitions.

Karaoke todos los días focuses mainly on the identity and importance of artistic spaces in Costa Rica—and its current dearth of such spaces. The selected five artists are known to be attentive to new developments in the contemporary visual arts field of Central America, as well as to new models of exhibitions, interaction with other disciplines, and relevant themes inside and outside of art.

Thoughts by Erno Hilarion.

The program of the artist-run space will be announced continuously on Despacio’s FB page.

Visit the studios of the artists running the space:
Stephanie Williams
Sergio Rojas Chaves
Cristina Ramírez
Erina Libertad
Stephanie Chaves

Politically Incorrect – Stephanie Chaves

Written by Erno Hilarion
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Stephanie Chaves' Studio

On a formal level, the drawings of Stephanie Chaves have such diverse references that they expose everything from the ludic to the real. She is the illustrator of the grotesque, the irreverent, what no one dares to say. Her work bothers many, but it has been a window to educate and encourage people to talk about sex openly.

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In a society where people fear being politically incorrect, everyone is silent. Stephanie refuses silences and speaks peculiarly, and her illustrations have caused discomfort and won many opponents, in addition to overwhelming positive reactions. The negative ones help in the work's quest to educate a society in development.

Thoughts by Erno Hilarion.

Stephanie Chaves was born in 1990 in San José, where she lives and works.

Learn more about Chaves on Instagram, Facebook or contact her by email.

Body Melody – Erina Libertad

Written by Erno Hilarion
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Erina's Studio

In the collective memory, scores have always been related to melodies and songs but rarely to corporeal movement. For this reason, Erina Libertad does a broad investigation of how to relate human motion and transfer it to scores and create corporeal melodies.

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A simple daily action, movement, has a significant weight in the artistic practice of Libertad. She studies the physical aspects in communities, where she focuses on body language and its development over time.

Thoughts by Erno Hilarion.

Erina Libertad was born in 1986 in San José (Costa Rica), where she lives and works.

Learn more about Libertad on Instagram, Facebook or contact her by email.

Do Not Say and Suggest It – Cristina Ramírez

Written by Erno Hilarion
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Cristina's Studio

I want to hear your stories from other countries. Out there, there will be a place where everything is white ... This is the manifesto of Cristina Ramírez's work.

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In a particular image, it is the thread that binds everything, where the letters are shouting passage from the emotional to the physical—not merely saying or suggesting it.

Thoughts by Erno Hilarion.

Cristina Ramírez was born in 1986 in Cartago and lives and works in San José (Costa Rica).

Learn more about Ramírez on Instagram, Facebook or contact her by email.

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