Image: Design by fliegende Teilchen, Berlin, Magic Block.
Presented by Soledad García Saavedra, Brandon LaBelle, and Cecilia Vicuña
Wednesday, June 15
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Curatorial Intensive alumna Soledad García Saavedra, along with artists Brandon LaBelle and Cecilia Vicuña, will lead an open seminar titled Magic Studies.
Inspired by the enigmatic and suggestive notions of the haunted and the disappeared, the seminar will examine the powers and poetics of magic. Magic Studies will draw upon works and perspectives from Magic Block (January 18-March 2, 2016), the exhibition and accompanying publication of contemporary Chilean art, curated and edited by García and LaBelle. Central to the seminar is a concern for the ways in which social struggles may find support through practices that rely upon the resonances of bodily performance, indigenous or ancestral beliefs, or forms of the black arts. Using examples of recent Chilean art and poetry, among others, Magic Studies will reveal the complex legacies and related “ghostings” of particular histories, forgotten or unknown voices, as well as the pathways found through imaginative means that enable acts of resistance and sharing in artistic and curatorial practices.