ARTE EN ÓRBITA_Post-colonial space exploration at the Equator

Pedro Soler
2018 Das Questões  
ARTE EN ÓRBITA Post-colonial space exploration at the Equator -2015 "volveré y seré millones!! tupak katari Arte en Órbita (Art in Orbit) is an exhibition curated by Pedro Soler and Fabiane Borges that was first shown in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito in Ecuador from the 7th of March to the 6th of June of 2015. The exhibition, with over 30 groups and artists participating, focusses on subaltern or peripheral space exploration from the ancestral to the contemporary, from art
more » ... s to launching satellites. The participants are principally from South America but projects from Africa, Asia and Europe are also featured. Our contemporary imaginary of space has been dominated by the space race and the cold war of the twentieth century, super powers and menacing aliens. This exhibition seeks to reappraise this imaginary in the light of postcolonial thinking, open software and hardware, the anthropocene and art, because how we see space is how we see ourselves. This intimacy of space and earth, the overview effect felt by many astronauts, is a continual thread throughout the exhibition and already appears in the first works of the exhibition, 3 reproductions of Simone Chambelland's seminal 1970 space prints. In two of them we see enigmatic missile or rocket like forms floating above the earth, in the third, entitled "University of Space, we see a space station covered with antennas, announcing another theme of the exhibition, the antenna, the ability to listen and observe, key to our relationship with space. Simone was a French artist who emigrated to Chile in 1939 and died there in 2013. The print was an important technique in this period for a whole generation of South American artists, generally from the Left, who sought to step out of the privileged world of fine arts and assure that their art arrived to the people. The workshop was a fundamental place for both
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