Art history rarely moves in a straight line. Now more than ever, when it comes to a collective notion of Latin American art, there are as many ways to approach it as there are to traversing its nineteen countries and territories. Steering clear of a generalized survey of the region, we choose a more personal path by compiling works from Latin American artists that inspired us throughout our journey over the last decade, bringing to the fore the works, artists, and conversations that we couldn’t possibly forget.
These living faces are still here, discredited by a nation hiding behind the curtain of nationalism. 3,000 posters, 12 faces, and one action are reflected in silenced portraits. Beyond the loss of belonging to a place bound by borders or the dignity of possessing a passport, these images show the reality for people trapped between physical and conceptual barriers, positioned between misery and precariousness. This is life for African, Haitian, and Cuban migrants stuck at the northern border of Costa Rica.
In 2016, Despacio’s program and Central Archive, located alongside the exhibition space, will plunge with relish into an ocean of paradox and possibilities, freed from the necessity of making sense. Newly comprised of artworks, correspondence and traces of happenings and actions, it will stand as a testament to an extraordinary freedom from convention.
Critical voices of reason will be deconstructed in pursuit of free thinking.