Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Surviving Active Shooter Custer (detail), 2018, forty-eight monoprints on paper, each 30 × 22". From SITElines.2018.


SITE Santa Fe

For SITE Santa Fe’s third biennial dedicated to art of the Americas, curators José Luis Blondet, Candice Hopkins, and Ruba Katrib chose a subtitle adopted from a short story by Julio Cortázar published in 1946. “Casa tomada” (House Taken Over) recounts the experience of a pair of bourgeois Argentinean siblings who are forced from their ancestral home by an unnamed force, characterized only by chaotic noises emanating from sections of the house. The tale is one of displacement whose overtones of government takeover allude to the writer’s own conditions—Cortázar penned his story during the rise of Argentina’s nationalist president Juan Perón.

The “house” in the biennial is at once the museum, the larger sociopolitical structures that control it, and those who work within the institution’s walls, from curators to artists to administrators. This is made clear by a massive wallpapered

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