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Less Time Than Space

The Art of the Independence: Contemporary Echos

Touring exhibition
Venues in Latin America and Germany
2009 - 2011

Curator: Alfons Hug

Co-Curator: Paz Guevara

Artists - see the venues

Works at all the stations


The artists and intellectuals of this exhibition have ranged across South America in all directions. They have visited tranquil small towns in the hinterland and burgeoning mega-cities bursting at the seams. Places that cling to the past and modern metropolises that have eliminated the last remnants of history. They have used contemporary means to investigate Latin America’s 200 years of independence.

Some sites last only a moment – those rare moments that only art can grasp – and, as Mario Benedetti says, some times have no sites. This paradox may apply to the present, which greatly condenses time but offers it no ideal home anywhere. Once again, it is art alone that can give the present time a site and shelter.

"Less Time Than Space" denotes that we free ourselves from the tradition that prefers the celebration of anniversaries of historic or notable events, and rather approach - with today's perspective - the places where these events have taken place, and where their pulse can still be heard. In this way, we recover the meaning of Independence, articulating its local echo through art and contemporary ideas. The artworks in the exhibition shed light on many of the decisive political, social and cultural transformations that Latin American countries are subjected to at present.

"Less Time Than Space", presented in a first version at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito at the end of 2009, brings together artists from Latin America and Germany. During 2010 and 2011, the exhibition will travel to several cities in Latin America, including new artists, and culminating its tour in Europe. To accompany the project, a 300-page book is published with a curatorial text by Alfons Hug, pictures of the exhibited works, and essays by Raúl Zibechi, Alonso Cueto, Timo Berger, Frank Semper, and Alexander García Düttmann. All the texts appear in Spanish and German.

The exhibition and publication "Menos Tiempo que Lugar / Less Time Than Space" is a project realized in the context of the Bicentennial of Independence of Latin America, conceived by the Goethe-Institut, with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(From texts by the organizers.
Translation: Universes in Universe.)

Organizers:
Goethe Instituts in Latin America

 

Exibition venues:

Quito, Ecuador
8 November 2009 - 15 January 2010
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
Edificio El Bicentenario
Luis Dávila y Venezuela
Barrio de San Juan
Quito

Porto Alegre, Brazil
11 February - 21 March 2010
Usina do Gasômetro
Av. Pres. João Goulart, 551
Porto Alegre

Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 March - 25 April 2010
Palais de Glace
Palacio Nacional de las Artes
Posadas 1725
1112, Buenos Aires

Curitiba, Brazil
11 April - 9 May 2010
Centro Cultural Solar Barão
Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba
Rua Presidente Carlos Calvancanti 533
Curitiba

Montevideo, Uruguay
17 July - 22 August 2010
Subte
Centro Municipal de Exposiciones
Plaza Fabini, Av. 18 de Julio y Julio Herrera y Obes
Montevideo

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A Carta da Jamaica
3 August - 5 September 2010
Centro Cultural Oi Futuro
Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63
Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
6 August - 18 September 2010
Museu da Maré
Av. Guilherme Maxwell, 26
Maré, Rio de Janeiro, R.J.

Lima, Peru
20 August - 3 October 2010
Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano
Galería Juan Pablo Heeren
ICPNA - Lima Centro
Jr. Cusco 446
Lima

Medellín, Colombia
10 September 2010 - 16 January 2011
Casa del Encuentro
Museo de Antioquia
Carrera 52 # 52-43
Medellín

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
14 September - 30 October 2010
Invited exhibition of the International Biennial
of Visual Arts Santa Cruz de la Sierra 2010
Centro Cultural Santa Cruz
Rene Moreno 369
Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santiago de Chile
24 November 2010 - 20 February 2011
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Parque Forestal S/N.
Santiago

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
9 February - 3 April 2011
Galeria de Artes Visuais do Oi Futuro
Av. Afonso Pena 4001
Mangabeiras
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
CEP 30130 008

Córdoba, Argentina
4 March - 28 April 2011
Museo Caraffa
Av. Poeta Lugones 411
X5000HZE Córdoba

Asunción, Paraguay
11 March - 15 April 2011
Museo del Barro
Grabadores del Cabichui 2714
entre Cañada y Emeterio Miranda
Asunción

Guadalajara, Mexico
30 April - 24 July 2011
Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano
Av. Mariano Otero 375
Col Moderna
Cp 44150, Guadalajara
Jalisco, México

Caracas, Venezuela
11 September - 16 October 2011
Centro Cultural B.O.D.-Corp Banca
Torre B.O.D.-Corp Banca
Plaza la Castellana
Caracas, Venezuela

Examples from the exhibition:

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