Woman Artists from Chile in Basel
For the Kunsttage in Basel Galerie Durchgang invites women artists from Chile who live and work in Switzerland or Germany (24.08.2023 - 30.09.2023)
The exhibition aims to open views on how we live, in a critical but constructive way, presenting an aesthetic experience that seeks to generate a reflection on identity(ies) and the limits, constructed and imaginary, that represent our current reality. Through their artworks, the artists express their connection and perspective of the contemporary world across different media and materials. We present works made of different materials, as are the subjects of identity and history woven into wall tapestries, by the artist Muriel Gallardo Weinstein. Audiovisual landscapes with VR experience by media artist Valentina Berthelon, as a sound performance by artist Nicole L'Huiller and other interesting positions by women artists of our time. We are planning a very interdisciplinary presentation as well as an audio visual concert with Recent Arts. We want to talk about speculative practices and cultural perspectives, so there will be talks with the artists on site. We are very much looking forward to it.
In the production of my artwork and in an attempt to appropriate the diverse spaces that exist in the world, I use as methods and procedures to walk, demarcate, collect, classify and reorganize. Through these processes I codify the unfolding of my work, as if, with these movements - at the same time errant and superlatively planned - I wanted to recognize, redefine and interpret the world. In this way, the materials that emerge from these processes -objectual, narrative, aesthetic, historical, social, geographical, psychological, cultural, etc.- are decontextualized and intermingled according to certain "game rules". Thus, I attempt that this regulated reordering produces a history -literary and objectual-, which are different and even contradictory to the usual way we perceive things. By interweaving materials, I seek to construct forms that allude to reality, both to its components and to its totality.
Nicole L’Huillier (b. 1985, Santiago, Chile) works with sounds, vibrations, resonances, and multiple transductions to explore more-than-human performativity and agency from micro to cosmic scales; to create membranal and resonant rituals; and to investigate vibrations and sounds as construction materials for spaces and identity while fostering collectivity and stimulating imagination in non-static and embodied ways. From an antidisciplinary perspective, she navigates the porous and fertile territories between arts and sciences. She works with new and ancient technologies for storytelling and creation to actively engage with the possibilities beyond anthropocentric perspectives and to practice decolonial worldling. Nicole is also an experimental musician, drummer, and one-half of the space pop duo Breaking Forms. She just finished a Ph.D. in Media Arts & Sciences at MIT (2022). She also holds a Master in Media Arts & Sciences (2017) from MIT.
Valentina Berthelon (b. 1977, Santiago, Chile) media artist based in Berlin. Her audiovisual pieces aim to talk about a circular time, a time that is not linear, but it’s a collage, an assembly of stories, facts, theories, and comments, a time that reflects the networked nature of the Universe. She is interested to work in the intersection between technology, science, art and music. Hybridity is a very important aspects of my work, I use a lot of found footage and media from different sources. Music also play a fundamental roll her work, because its a medium that allows us to communicate beyond a verbal way, reaching aspects of human nature that are more abstract and profound. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the National Art Center of Mexico, and soon I will finish a Master's degree in Kunst und Media from the UDK, University of the Arts Berlin.
Marcela Moraga (Chile) currently lives and works in Berlin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad de Chile in 1998, a Magister in Visual Arts at the same institution. Subsequent to that she received the German DAAD scholarship to attend a Post-Graduate program in visual communication at the Hamburg University of Arts (HFBK). In 2013 she completed the Postgraduate M.A. Course “Art in Context” at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). In her video performances, textiles, drawings, and installations, she explores the tensions of the binary order of nature/culture. Her artistic research is particularly dedicated to landscapes, following the traces of human intervention both in the geological structure of the earth through extractive practices, and in the shaping of social space through architecture.Using speculative narrative structures, fictional methods, through spirituality and indigenous knowledge, Moraga develops new narratives that allow for connection between humans and non-humans.
Paula Baeza Pailamilla
Since 2011, Paula Baeza Pailamilla have worked with performance, textile practices an audiovisual formats based on their own Mapuche identity. This is the starting point for their works, in which they question themself and their context on a historical, political and social level. Since 2016, they have been part of the Mapuche collective Rangiñtulewfü, which gave birth to the digital project Yene: Revista de arte, pensamiento y escrituras en Wallmapu Abya Yala (Yene: Journal of Art, Thought and Writing in Wallmapu and Abya Yala). They have been invited to various encounters, theaters and galleries in South America and Europe where they have explored issues of the body and racialized identities and their context.
Recent Arts / Live Audiovisual Performance
Recent Arts is a duo conformed by media artist Valentina Berthelon and musician Tobias Freund. Together they build live performances using video projections and experimental sound –charged with symbols, stories and poetry– thus generating sound environments that invite to enjoy the music while deeply connecting with our perceptions of the world and our sense of realities within it. They are always interested on exploring new technics, new ways of creating and new ways of communicating with the audience. Throughout the years, Recent Arts have performed at numerous events and festivals around the world, including Berlin Atonal, HAU, Hebbel am Ufer, Fiber Festival in Amsterdam, Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Contact Club in Tokyo, Dave Festival in Dresden, Bienal de Artes Mediales in Santiago de Chile, Strichka festival in Kiev, Ukraine, Chilean Conexión at Monopol in Berlin and iMAL, the Art and Technology Art Center in Brussels among others.
Päär & Valentina. B
Federica(aka Flora Päär/Pareal) is a Singer/VocalPerformer, Vibrational Counselor and Sound Therapist, scholar of Accademia di Medicina Vibrazionale of Milan and UK Vibroacoustic Association in London. Combining Vibrational Medicine and Sound Therapy fundamentals with Chinese Medicine and Nada Yoga Techniques,Aum Garden finds its expression in a spontaneous approach to ancient vibrational practices framed in a contemporary ambient sonic imaginary. The combination of meditation and sound bath introduces the listeners to discover new practical tools to improve spiritual and physical rebalance through conscious listening and sound-journeying.
Through our gallery runs a passage that is always accessible. We like that. It's simple. We are an independent project space on 200m2, a platform for collectives and collaborations. Based on the belief in interdisciplinarity, real exhibitions with contemporary art are developed. We are interested in the present. We: Martin Steppacher, Tonja Lucia Steppacher, Lisa Maria Steppacher. Collaborating with collectives will be central in the future. We must celebrate and support them. In a collaborative atmosphere, the exhibition space of the gallery will be given to the collectives.
24.08.23 - Opening
Audiovisual Concert Recent Arts
Valentina Berthelon & Tobias Freund
Performance by Paula Baeza
Sound Performance by Flora Päär & Valentina Berthelon
Artist are present if visitors want to talk
30.09.23 - Finissage
Performance by Marcela Moraga