For this final act, artists will be invited because they make art outside of institutions, focusing on the beauty and generative power nestled in everyday spaces or interactions. As each of their interventions takes shape, artists and audience will work together to rethink the function of a gallery within the local art community, exploring both their role in the creative process and an art space’s significance in the production and reception of art.
Over the course of 2018, Despacio will empower individuals – artists and non-artists alike – to act, think, and make art beyond its walls, in various locations around San José. The city’s chaotic streets will become an open, unpredictable art space host to a range of surprising interventions and performances. In parallel, this year’s Central Archive, to be presented in a dematerialized online space, will take the form of a collection of studio visits of Central American artists.
If Despacio stops hosting physical exhibitions, will visitors find other ways of giving it meaning, or will the space’s social capital begin to decline?
In the end, Despacio too will vanish, closing its doors in March of 2019 to make way for new endeavors. What will become of its absence? Perhaps, as the great Argentinian poet Antonio Porchia once wrote, we will only “become aware of the void as we fill it.”
The program is continuously updated throughout the year and can be accessed here.