Santa Fe

“Site Santa Fe”

SITE Santa Fe

New Mexico has always been about tourists—one way or another. It was settled by them, and kept alive economically for centuries (Spaniards, Old Mexicans, Texans, and Californians, in order of appearance). So it’s fitting, in a way, that “SITE Santa Fe,” Santa Fe’s new biennial, was curated by tourists (Bruce Ferguson and Vincent Varga) for tourists (the “contemporary art world,” whoever that is nowadays). And since “place” seems to be the theme of choice for international-scale exhibitions this year, “SITE Santa Fe” carries the subtitle “Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby.” Which serves to locate the whole thing squarely in the midst of a larger discourse, about, among other things, being a tourist. Or at least feeling like one.

So it’s also fitting that much of the best work in “Longing and Belonging” is actually about that peculiar activity of going from one place to another

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