The National Council of Culture and Arts Chile announces that artist Bernardo Oyarzún and curator Ticio Escobar have been selected to represent Chile at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.
Oyarzún’s project was selected for its strong concept, including the highly relevant theme of the current representation of the Mapuche community, a group of indigenous inhabitants of southcentral Chile and southwestern Argentina. The exhibition, entitled “Werken“, will feature an impressive installation of over 1,500 Mapuche masks, traditionally used in ceremonies, located in the centre of the room. Oyarzún’s work often combines anthropological, social and historical elements in order to present a critique of Chilean culture and society.
- Bernardo Oyarzun, 2016
- Bernardo Oyarzun, courtesy of the artist
- Bernardo Oyarzun, Mecanica de Suelos, 2016, courtesy of Patricia Ready Galeria,