Santiago

Santiago

“CARLOS ARIAS VICUÑA: LA TRAMA (AUTO) BIOGRÁFICA: UN ARCHIVO EN TRÁNSITO”

Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI)
Jose Victorino Lastarria 307 Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro
September 7–October 27, 2019

Curated by Cynthia Francica

Carlos Arias Vicuña left his home country of Chile as a young boy, fleeing with his family in 1975, two years after Pinochet was forcibly installed as president. He returned in the 1980s to study fine art at the University of Chile in Santiago but has since lived in Mexico, where he built his career and gained recognition, especially for his embroideries. This show will introduce Chilean audiences to sixteen of his key pieces dating from the ’90s to 2018. The artist’s choice of embroidery as his medium challenges preconceived notions of gendered labor; he extends this critique in works that also reflect on contemporary politics, Western art history, traditional Mexican visual motifs, and his own past.