Santiago de Chile
10 August to 6 October 2019
From 10 august to 6 October, the solo exhibition «Un kilómetro de conocimientos invisibles» (A kilometer of invisible knowledge) by the Chilean-Swiss artist, researcher and curator Ingrid Wildi was shown at Matucana 100, in Santiago de Chile. The exhibition critically analyzed both modernity and coloniality, especially its results and contemporary effects on humans, society and nature, bringing together projects that the artist has carried out throughout her 30-year career, as well as new productions.
The title of the exhibition referred to a library created to assemble books on decolonial thought alongside films and photographic production performed by the artist. The overall installation was defined by perspectives of decolonial authors conducting historical revisions on epistemological, aesthetic, theoretical, and everyday life issues. These ideas diverge from hegemonic representation and question the conception of the universal thinking.
The work of Ingrid Wildi Merino can be understood as a practice of inhabiting the borders, a place which does not tell only one story, but many, where intertexts and transhistorical mixtures happens. To create such connections, the exhibition was created though diverse ways, practices and supports, including seminars and talks in collaboration with academicians, artists and students.
Ingrid Wildi Merino (Santiago de Chile, 1963) lives and works in Santiago de Chile. She migrated to Switzerland in 1981, studied at the University of Fine Arts, in Zurich, and post-graduated on Visual Arts at the University of Geneva. Since 2005, she is a professor at the Geneva University of Art and Design and, since 2009, she teaches performing practices and visual culture at the University of Alcalá de Henares in collaboration with the Study Center of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of Madrid, Spain. Since 1992, the artist has been invited to exhibit her work in different countries, in 2005 she was invited to represent Switzerland at the Swiss pavilion of the 51st Venice Biennal.