Juan Downey

Born in Santiago, Chile in 1940. 
Juan Downey is known primarily as a pioneering video artist but also works in drawing, electronic media, installation, painting, performance, and printmaking.
1973
installation: wooden structure encasing a live Anaconda snake, water receptacle, and a drawing of a map of Chile
dimensions: 83 7/16 × 66 15/16 × 17 11/16in. (212 × 170 × 45cm)
Courtesy of Juan Yarur Torres, Fundacion AMA, Santiago, Chile

Chilean born Juan Downey was living in New York when Pinochet took control of Chile. He made this piece in reaction to the Anaconda Mining Company's role in Pinochet's rise to power. This piece, like many other works in the gallery, calls into question the validity of borders that are imposed on populations rather than naturally occurring. Here the anaconda is allowed to slither freely across Chile's borders, representing the grip international companies, like The Anaconda Mining Company, had over Chilean politics as a result of colonialism. Like Downey, many other South American artists spent time abroad, prompting them to question what effect these borders have on the populations surrounding them, and what their importance is.

Juan Downey
Anaconda Map of Chile
1973, installation: wooden structure encasing a live Anaconda snake, water receptacle, and a drawing of a map of Chile, dimensions: 83 7/16 × 66 15/16 × 17 11/16in. (212 × 170 × 45cm). Courtesy of Juan Yarur Torres, Fundacion AMA, Santiago, Chile.
Jonathan Hernández
Vulerabilia (interiores)
2013, newspaper cuttings on cardboard, 41 3/4 × 53 3/8in. (106 × 135.5cm) framed: 42 11/16 × 54 × 2 1/16in. (108.4 × 137.2 × 5.3cm). Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. © Jonathan Hernández Photo: Michel Zabé/Omar Luis Olguín, 2010.
Jonathan Hernández
Vulerabilia (perfect vacuum)
2012, newspaper cuttings on cardboard, framed: 41 5/16 × 36 × 2in. (105 × 91.5 × 5cm). Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. © Jonathan Hernández Photo: Michel Zabé/Omar Luis Olguín, 2012.
Lisa Williamson
32 Pools
2014, wood, resin, acrylic, 101 1/2 × 11 3/4 × 11 3/4in. (257.8 × 29.8 × 29.8cm). Courtesy of the artist and Tif Sigfrids. Photo: Ruben Diaz.
Barbara T. Smith
The Cloistered Study
1976, color photos and found objects mounted on felt; vintage b/w photograph mounted on chipboard; performance artifact: color photos, plastic photo case with embroidery fragment as tie , dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and The Box, LA. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen..
Tala Madani
Dirty Starts
2008, oil on linen, 76 3/4 × 76 3/4in. (195 × 195cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jane Lombard Gallery, NY.
Rebecca Morris
Untitled (#17-15)
2015, oil on canvas, 95 x 97in. (241.3 x 246.4cm). Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery.
Jonathan Hernández
Vulerabilia (casi)
2008-2010, collage on paper, framed: 37 1/2 × 43 11/16 × 1 9/16in. (95.2 × 111 × 4cm). Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. © Jonathan Hernández Photo: Estudio Michel Zabé.
Math Bass
Newz!
2016, gouache on canvas, 46 x 44 in. (116.8 x 111.8 cm). 46 x 44 in. (116.8 x 111.8 cm).

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