Claudio Correa

International resdiency

May - July 2018

Claudio Correa. Arica, 1972

His work has been devoted to a critical commentary of History, problematizing representation devices and power structures in the context of modernity. He has also dealt with hierarchies to which subjects are subjected, on the analysis of discourses, practices and technologies crossing the symbolic and political links between Europe and Latin America.

This body of work is both research and a recreation of different forms of institutional emblems and period utensils, upon unused objects that are part of historiographical records. Through documentary research, he has re-materialized these objects, to question the geopolitical and visual history of present-day Hispano-America. His intention is to unveil history’s power matrices in the different phases of westernization. The product of his findings are installations, collages, photographs, and videos, appropriating elements of a “monumentalist sculpture” typical of the “modern project”. His formal strategies subvert this iconography, characterized by symmetry, durability and stability, by creating sculptural similes and giving them mobility.

With his work he tries to give an account of the banality and narcissism present in the hegemonic representation of power and its influence in the conformation of contemporary identity. Under these guidelines, he seeks an interaction and crossing of traditional visual practices with technological and digital devices, broadening the understanding of our reality with approaches that generate a critical space of reflection that involves diverse territories, cultures and aesthetics.

His work has been exhibited in contexts such as: National Fine Arts Museum (Chile), National Fine Arts Museum (Argentina), Cerrillos National Art Centre (Chile), Flora ars + natura (Colombia), Blanes Museum (Uruguay), La Conservera Contemporary Art Centre (Ceutí), MEIAC Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art (Badajoz), ACC Galerie (Germany), Blanca Soto Gallery (Madrid), Het Wilde Weten Foundation (The Netherlands), Americas Society (New York), VIII Havana Biennial (Cuba). I have also obtained Prizes, scholarships and residences, such as: FONDART, National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Government of Chile (2018), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York (2016), Third Place, Acquisition Prize, Borders Biennial, Tamaulipas Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico (2015), Flora ars + natura Residency, Permanent Summer, Colombia (2013).

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