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Art, Resistance, and the Global South
1 PM (Eastern Standard Time--New York Time)
3 PM in Chile
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Language: Spanish & English
This intervention will examine art as resistance in the wake of the Chilean economy after the fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet forcefully took over a legitimately democratically elected government on September 11, 1973. This coup d'état was secretly supported by the US government which is now documented and unclassified. The coup resulted in the murder and disappearance of thousands of innocent people, some of whom have never resurfaced. This was the first time in the history of modern democracy that another government (the US government) resorted to supporting a fascist military dictator in order to implement an economic plan for the 1% that undermines the public and destabilizes the lives of hundreds of millions of people in many contexts including England, the EU, the United States, Chile and scores of other nations. It's a global trend that has been expanding inequality and austerity for nearly 40 years leading to the reemergence of a new corporate fascism.
Years and generations later, Chile continues to suffer from the ideology of a "free market" economy designed and engineered by professors from the University of Chicago. This ideology is sometimes referred to as neoliberalism that has violently forced people into poverty, stripping citizens of basic protections and public goods such as healthcare, education and employment protections and allow corporations to expand their power across the global.
This GCAS intervention give us the opportunity to listen to and learn from artists and philosophers from Santiago and Chile known as the "Colectivo Charco" and how they are exposing the dehumanizing logic of neoliberalism.
Francisco González Castro
As a creator, I work different artistic practices, such as visual arts and writing, but I also carry out research projects, curatories and works related to education.
Bearing in mind that the market and capitalist structures have subsumed the art, the focus of my entire production today is to generate events, expand authorship and expand the limits of artistic work, seeking the concretion of a political-artistic practice.
As art spaces are flooded with sophisticated craftsmanship, the constant work on the boundary raises the starting point of my proposals, at the same time seeking to distance myself from idealistic speculation in works, focusing on concrete practice, assuming that the first effect of the work occurs in one, in one's own body.
Not all art is political, creative action is required for it to be, and from there, to look for a political-artistic practice and its subsequent effects.
Francisco González Castro (1984) Artist, curator and researcher. B.A. in Art (2006) M.A. in Arts (2009) and Ph.D. in Arts (2017) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
As an artist, he has developed his work since 2005 to date with exhibitions and presentations, both individual and collective, in Chile (Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Concepción and Valdivia) as well as abroad (Sweden, Germany, Spain, France and the United States). In addition, he has done various projects as curator, focused on establishing relationships between artists of different generations around issues of art and society. In his works and research he approaches social and political themes around the power and reflections of the usefulness of art as an element of concrete change in society and within the contingency, positioning the concept of the political-artistic. Highlights are the projects: “In between / art y society” (2012), “In between / art and contingency” (2014) and “Layers of Disappearing: 1002 of 7000” (2016). He has also presented his research in various congresses and magazines in Chile and abroad. Recently published the book “Performance Art in Chile: histories, processes and discourses”.
He has worked in different educational institutions in vulnerable contexts, as an assistant for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Faculty of Arts of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and as a professor at the Universidad UNIACC.