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.
Avenida Central - Calle 11
San José, Costa Rica
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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.”
Despacio believes that art is strongest when it defies categorization within a single genre, medium, or any other set of socially defined barriers. For this second act, the art space will open its doors to a wide variety of backgrounds and practices. From fishmongers to agronomists, drag queens to press photographers, designers to singers, anyone is liable to stop by and make an appearance, or a statement, at the art center this year.
In 2016, Despacio will plunge into an ocean of paradoxes and possibilities, freed from any injunction to make sense of the world. Bringing together works of art, correspondences, and traces of actions and happenings, the art space will leave convention behind and let itself be guided by the invigorating swell of free thinking.
What are the favorite books of designers who normally create other people’s favorite books? We asked book designer Barbara Hoffmann to select 15 books for display at Despacio. Her selection features books that stand out for thoughtful interplays of form, material and content. Or in her words: it's the story, the smell, the touch, the grid, the look, the cover, the color,
the sound, the paper, the weight, the appeal, the size, the title and ...
... many other reasons to love these books for.