On Monday, August 31st, the real montage of the exhibition “Agorafilia: Women Creators” begins, which includes 15 artworks by Chilean women. The exhibition will be available to the public through virtual reality and different online activities that will take place on the online platforms of Ch.ACO and Fundación FAVA.
We spoke with Elodie Fulton, director of Ch.ACO and Irene Abujatum, director of FAVA, to find out more details about this exhibition at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center, where it reopens its visual arts cycle.
What is the exhibition “Agorafilia: Creative Women” about?
Elodie Fulton (E.F.): Ch.ACO commissioned the curator Carol Illanes to do an exhibition dealing with creative women. For this, the doors were opened to different national public and private collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, the collection of the Gabriela Mistral Gallery, the Collection by Juan Yarur Torres - AMA Foundation, the Ca.Sa Collection and the Carlos Javier Nuñez Collection. In addition, there were direct loans from the participating artists themselves.
In this exhibition, 15 works by women artists are featured on a tour throughout local contemporary art from 1965 to the present.
"It will be accessible to all audiences, both national and international, thanks to the best virtual reality technology. Regardless of the place or time, everyone can enter and visit it on the Ch.ACO and FAVA websites"
Given the new context, are there any modifications to the exhibition?
E.F.: Indeed. This exhibition had a long gestation process and has gone through several changes due to international and national contingencies. The context provides new visions and opportunities, both for the assembly of the show, as well as for the experience of the audience and for the artists themselves, that is the richness of art.
After several months of conversations with the collections and different institutions, a collaboration alliance was established with the Matucana 100 Cultural Center, which soon turns 20 years old as a contribution to the arts and creative industries. This also resignifies and modifies the context in which the instance of the exhibition occurs. In addition, M100 reopens its visual arts cycle after the confinement stage to receive and exhibit these artworks.
On the other hand, something essential about this exhibition is that it will be accessible to all audiences, both national and international, thanks to the best virtual reality technology. Regardless of the place or time, everyone can enter and visit it on the Ch.ACO and FAVA websites. They will be able to tour the exhibition, get closer to the works, view the sculptures from all angles, see the complete audiovisual works and even experience a sound installation.
"The foundation has developed a mediation program that includes an educational booklet for schools, where we reflect among the artworks present and give recommendations of possible activities to carry out"
Are there more activities related to the exhibition?
Irene Abujatum (I.A): Of course. There will be talks, guided tours, Instagram Lives and mediation activities. The idea is to broaden the experience of the exhibition and show what is often not seen, the process behind it. In this sense, for example, the Instagram Lives will be held from the same space and during the montage process, making the work team, the artists and collaborators known.
The first discussion will be broadcast from Matucana 100 by Zoom, on Wednesday, September 9th at 12:30 p.m., where they will welcome and explain what the exhibition consists of and all the work behind it. All activities will be free and open access for anyone who wants to participate, which will be announced through our social networks, Ch.ACO and FAVA.
Fundación FAVA's collaboration with this exhibition is in line with its mission, which is “Collecting contemporary art as a contribution to education and the construction of cultural heritage”. We believe that it is very important to generate institutional dialogue and to reveal the cultural heritage of Chile, especially through these creative women. In addition, FAVA's because of the constant desire to contribute to education through art, the foundation has developed a mediation program that includes an educational booklet for schools, where we reflect among the artworks present and give recommendations of possible activities to carry out. We also have prepared some special talks for students and schools, but obviously everyone is invited to participate. We will tell you interesting stories about the works, the entire process involved in holding an exhibition and how to make this 3D tour a unique experience.