of a Sovereign Citizen
developed as part of Synsmaskin, artistic research project
|Berlin / The Magic Block|
Friday, November 25 / 18:00 – 21:00
In collaboration with Soledad García Saavedra.
The withdrawn, the disappeared, the secret and the invisible: these are carriers of ghostly histories and collective memories – territories that require another type of orientation and navigation. Developed from an interest in aesthetic operations and strategies that negotiate the presence of what has gone missing, the installation “The Magic Block” is a proposal for a haunted poetics: a black art by which to follow in the steps of phantom figures and narratives – the citizens that form a shadow nation.
In conjunction with the installation, we are pleased to present the publication
Magic Block: Contemporary Art from Chile. Stemming from two exhibitions
and seminars held in Bergen, Norway, and Santiago de Chile, curated and
organized by Soledad García Saavedra and Brandon LaBelle, the publication
underscores the processes of appearance and disappearance, memory and
forgetting, writing and erasure as social and psychological intensities.
It focuses on the creative and critical strategies at play in works of
recent Chilean art that emerge from a reflection on the politics of invisibility:
how the operations of the seen and the unseen are understood to perform
equally within the material realities of Chilean society. Through the
works of Chilean artists and writers, Magic Block highlights art as a
powerful platform for working through the political structures that hold
the body in a phantasmic grip, and which can be traced and appropriated
through unsteady acts of magic. Expressions of secrecy, camouflage, forgetfulness,
dematerialization and covert occupation thus enable a giving narrative
to those memories that are often subordinated by history.