INCARNATE NARRATION

 

Anthropology has demonstrated the importance of the narrative in the construction of a collective identity in human societies: storytelling activates a performative mechanism that allows us to anchor and identify ourselves in shared referents. Throughout the process however, from the articulation of these first stories to the construction of an official one, we tend to lose the embodied aspects of these narrations, that is, the way in which they emerge - and circulate - through corporality, reinterpreting and reconfiguring themselves continually. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This exhibition aims to identify the presence of microhistories and themes that are brought together in a selection of Chilean art works from the last 50 years. Some of these works already belong to the national canon while others, more recent, are still in the process of being counted and read.

All share, however, an embodied sensitivity, revealing the existence of poetic ties and affections that cross temporal and generational limits. Without necessarily opposing official history, these works question established conceptions of corporality, gender, desire, family and domestic issues, thus opening up to smoother readings.

 

The joint examination of these works into a subjective experience open to the interpretations of the viewer, whose physical and affective presence completes - temporarily - those incarnate narrations.

 

Sophie Halart

© Il Posto, 2020

Santiago, Chile