2021 – 2023
#Work: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung Fellowship
I was selected as one of three fellows for the program „museum curators for photography“ of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation. In the next two years, I will work at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the City Museum in Munich, and the Folkwang Museum in Essen.
#Curatorial: MAPA ART from Latin American
In spring 2018, I co-founded MAPA, a not-for-profit association to promote Latin American Art. Its principal site is Zurich, Switzerland. In its first three years, MAPA funded and organized five exhibitions, two video screenings, a printmaking residency, and led several visits to exhibitions and cultural events on Latin America for its members in Zurich. Since 2021, it is my private project in collaboration with project partners.
#Research: Dissertation „The Paradigm of the Nation as a Provocation to the History of Photography. Chile 1860-1960.“
My doctoral thesis deals with the provocation that the national paradigm poses to the history of photography, with Chile as a case study. In particular, it is about how our understanding of history, photography, and the nation shape the respective other terms and culminate in what has become its own field of investigation. Each of the three terms carries a considerable baggage originating in various disciplines of the humanities from media studies to political science, yet this baggage seems to be lifted as it merges in the genre of the “history of photography.” Hence, the objective of my study is to disassemble the “history of photography in Chile” into its individual parts in order to evaluate its potency to describe the past of photography in a particular geopolitical region.
I began my PhD research in 2018 at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany, and successfully passed my viva in 2021. The thesis was awarded the inaugural Gisèle-Freund-Award for the History and Theory of Photography at Folkwang University of the Arts, sponsored by Ute Eskildsen and Timm Rautert.
#Research: Article „Two Photographic Albums at the Getty and Their Relation to the Stock-Photography Market in 1860s Chile“
I published an article in the Getty Research Journal about two photographic albums at the GRI and the Getty Museum. Both date to the 1860s and show scenes from Chile. Through a synopsis of other albums from Chilean, US-American, Swiss, and French archives, I trace the commercial network of photo studios from Valparaiso during that decade up to the early 20th century.
#Research: Article „Die chilenische Krise im Livestream der Galeria CIMA“
I wrote an article in Rundbrief Fotografie on how protesters used the webcam of the art gallery CIMA in Santiago as a means to create porwerful images during the social uprising in Chile 2019-2020. I put emphasis on the connection between the medium of the livestream and the interventions on the ground. The research was inspired by my witnessing the crisis first hand #hastaqueladignidadsehagacostumbre
#Opinion: Exhibition Review „One Year of Online Exhibitions: Four Experiences“
Since leaving Chile at the beginning of the pandemic in 2019, I have followed the cultural happenings in Chile through online exhibitions, and I am offering a review of four well and not so well done shows on Artishock (June 2021).
#Research: Review of „Una revisión al fotolibro chileno“
Una revisión al fotolibro chilenoHoracio Fernández (ed.). Fundación Sud Fotográfica, Santiago de Chile, 2018. 310 pages with 550 colour illustrations. eBook. ISBN 978-9-560-92280-9. Original link to PDF: sudfotografica.cl/fotolibro-chileno.pdf Read the review here
#Opinion: Collecting in Times of Crisis
How can wealthy collectors participate in the Chilean art scene after it has been drawn into the biggest social crisis since the dictatorship? How can they enter in a dialog with art & artists in a protest that is about social inequality? A brief guide on Artishock (April 2020).
#Opinion: A Plea for more permanent exhibitions in Chile
Temporal exhibitions and frequent rehangs of museums are all the rage. But what is missed when there are no more permanent exhibitions? What are the chances for Chilean art, if art was visible for longer? A pro- and contra, and a big pro for permanent exhibitions, on Artishock (May 2020).
#Research: Translations of texts by Ronald Kay and Mario Fonseca
I translated the following texts from Spanish into English and wrote short introductions for them in the journal Art in Translation:
„On Photography in Chile“ by Mario Fonseca Velasco, Art in Translation, Vol. 10 #4 (May 2019), 391-403.
„Chile Survives“ by Mario Fonseca Velasco, Art in Translation, Vol. 10 #4 (May 2019), 404-413.
„The Reproduction of the New World“ by Ronald Kay, Art in Translation, Vol. 10 #4 (May 2019), 414-421.
Find the texts on the journal site by Taylor and Francis here.
#Research: Review of Delitos Fotográficos
Review of Delitos Fotográficos by José Pablo Concha is now published in the English journal History of Photography: Read it here
Delitos Fotográficos, José Pablo Concha. Ediciones Metales Pesados, Santiago, 2016. 124 pages, with 24 black & white illustrations. Softcover CLP 9,000, ISBN 978-9-569-84310-5
#Research: Review of Extensión Fotográfica
Writing about key issues in contemporary image production such as the body, communication, and politics, Rodrigo Zúñiga demonstrates the far-reaching changes incited by photography. PDF of the review available here.
La Extensión Fotográfica. Ensayo Sobre el Triunfo de lo Fotográfico. Rodrigo Zúñiga. Ediciones Metales Pesados, Santiago, 2013. 114 pages with four black and white illustrations. Softcover chil$ 8.000, ISBN 978-956-8415-56-3.
#Curatorial: Contributions to the exhibition Infosphere at ZKM Karlsruhe
For the 2015 monumental exhibition Infosphere at ZKM Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, I contributed texts for the exhibition catalog (HERE) and curated a small section with works by Mishka Henner.
For the exhibition cycle „Die Stadt ist der Star“ in which the ZKM participated, I was a performer for the South Korean artist duo Shinseungback and their work Aposematic Jacket. Documentation here.
I also contributed texts (HERE) for the exhibition Global Games curated by Stephan Schwingeler.