Who said there ain’t no artist-run spaces in Costa Rica? Six 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.
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 six 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.
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.
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
June 29, 2017
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.
The color green, which is mainly absent in urban San José, is activated by Chaves through groups walking with plants through the city of San José.
Thoughts by Erno Hilarion.