Despacio’s mission is to keep doing what it has been doing for the past decade: consistently exploring new models of artistic and curatorial practice while remaining a driving force in the continued development of Central America’s artistic voice.
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Despacio’s Libraries in Residence is an ever-evolving selection of artworks, artist books, and unique handmade publications that together not only reimagine ingrained library systems but also examine literature’s role in contemporary art.

Adoptees and Other Misfits

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The library selected by Thomas Geiger consists of artist books and catalogues that deal with the issue of documenting conceptual art in a radical way. While standard exhibition catalogues try to recreate and capture the past, the publications on display discuss how books can create a new work of art out of something pre-existing.

Hola, we are not from here

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A French gentleman who possessed a large personal library was asked a too-familiar question by a visitor to his home. A question so often posed to those who own a lot of books – “And have you read them all?” The wise collector faced his visitor with an astonished look and replied: “No, and I haven’t drunk all the wine in my cellar either.”

Zines Library

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Despacio’s newest Library in Residence brings to life the ephemeral being of fanzines. Once printed and distributed they often disappear in personal collections or vanish quickly from sight. So are the fanzines of Cornucopia Zine, which will be accessible once again and present the visual dialogues with numerous artists in form of monographic fanzines.

Words Ending on Tape

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Despacio collaborates with Printed Matter, Inc. (New York) to revive an almost lost medium. A few decades ago the cassette tape was the most convenient way to record sound material, yet with the fast advancing digital world it is at the verge of being completely forgotten. Nevertheless, artists have continuously used this format to further expand their forms of expression. Listen to the sound of a diary, bodies, an unstable table, singing sand, and of a disassembled cassette in our newest Library in Residence.

Private Matter

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Loose pages, fragile, incomplete and sometimes too personal, the artist Diego Fournier lends his sketchbooks to Despacio. By exploring the processes of the everyday, whether ravens eating worms at the plaza, the dancing legs of frogs or a boy experiencing the beach, each of these intertwined stories of personal encounters unfold to new destinations of imagination in a series of 20 handmade sketchbooks.

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