Taypi. 10.000 Soles

Premio Municipalidad de Arte Joven / 14. Bienal de Artes Mediales 2019
Galeria de Arte Posada del Corregidor
Santiago, Chile

Curatorial text by Catalina Valdés /14. Bienal de Artes Mediales

Taypi. 10,000 Suns explore two aspects related to the sun: on the one hand, the material, economic, scientific and technological character that responds to the current climatic emergency and the generation of renewable energy, and on the other hand, the symbolic, cultural, astronomical and sacred aspect of this star for the Andean cultures in South America.

By bringing together some icons of the andean cosmology together with the footage recorded on the biggest artificial sun on earth, the exhibition explores the Taypi, that is, the space where opposing worlds meet and co-exist: the indigenous and the western, the human and the non-human, cyclic time and linear time, the ancestral and the technological, natural regeneration and anthropogenic environmental degradation. The Taypi is thus understood as the clash of binary forces and energy poles that are intertwined with each other in a contradictory, opaque, and mestizo way. This notion is inspired by Aymara activist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui and her re-contextualisation of the Andean cosmovision in the world in crisis we are inhabiting today. How can indigenous understandings of nature and different notions of time and space help us to imagine new sustainable futures of coexistance on this planet?

Taypi. 10,000 Suns thus proposes a present that unfolds in a continuous and circular past-future (kiphanayra); a reflection from the present in crisis that opens questions about our cosmic, ritual and material relationship with the non-human environment in a world in climatic and social emergency.

The exhibition takes place on the occasion of the Premio Municipal de Arte Joven in collaboration with the 14th. Bienal de Artes Mediales. All the artworks were by reused and recycling material, plus the economy of the exchange (or “trueque“), thus exploring strategies of circular and social economies – incorporating as well material from the deposits of the patrimonial house where the gallery is located to the show. Likewise, all the electronic devices were powered exclusively by solar energy generated on site through a solar device created by the artist in collaboration with solar engineers (placed in the square neaby the gallery), thus having as a result an exhibition with a carbon emission or footprint equal to zero. 

10.000 soles = dis/orientation
10.000 soles = 2.148.334,49 pesos cl
10.000 soles = 2,77 k Co2
10.000 soles = 310 Kw (310.000 watt)

Acknowledgment: 14. Bienal de Artes Mediales, Municipalidad de Santiago, Solinet, Patricio Bustamante, Cineteca de Chile, Catalina Valdés, Tamara Estay, Salvador Donghi, Cristián Espinoza.