Watch Now! Shadows Travel at the Speed of Light: Notes on Latin American Futurity

Oscar Santillan, Chewing Gum Codex, 2018-2020. Inflatable and astronaut's DNA hosted in plants. Image courtesy of the artist.

Shadows Travel at the Speed of Light: Notes on Latin American Futurity
Thursday, August 12, 2021
6pm EDT

ICI Online
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In the face of multiple climatic, social, and health emergencies, the future has become one of the most contested sites of political and artistic concern.

Colombian curator Sara Garzón and Ecuadorian artist Oscar Santillán will discuss the role that Latin American Indigenous technologies have played in advancing worldings beyond the future. In conversation, they will review artistic experiments ranging from Futurism in the New World Avant-Garde to Santillan’s Chewing Gum Codex.

These events are free and open to the public and include live ASL interpretation and closed-captioning.

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

August 12, 2021


Sara Garzón

Sara Garzón is a Colombian curator and writer based in New York City. As a doctoral candidate in art history at Cornell University, Sara specializes in modern and contemporary art focusing specifically on decoloniality, temporality, and Indigenous ecocriticism. Sara has curated a number of exhibitions such as Not Everything that Shines at the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo in Guayaquil (MAAC, 2019); Gestures of Power at Profound Studio, Brooklyn, NY (2018); and Nobilitas: Of Royal Blood and Other Myths at KB Espacio de Arte in Bogotá, Colombia (2017). More recently, she was awarded the Jane and Morgan Whitney Curatorial Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2020-21). Sara is also a founding member of the curatorial working group Collective Rewilding, which investigates the intersection between art, ecology, and care. Sara has been invited as a curator in residence at the “Creative Ecologies and Decolonial Futurities,” residency organized by Grupo de Investigación Arte y Política (GIAP) in Chiapas, Mexico (2019); the workshop for emerging curators at Para Site in Hong Kong (2019) and was part of the Science and Technology Society at Delfina Foundation in London (2020).

Oscar Santillán

Oscar Santillán lives between The Netherlands and Ecuador. As an artist and cybernetician, his work brings together a diverse ecology of knowledge producers, ranging from scientists to beings beyond the human. He embarked on a long-term project called Antimundo oriented towards rediscovering lost episodes of the history of science in Latin America, which requires a seamless mutation between indigenous cosmologies and disrupting sci-fi imaginaries. Oscar’s work has been exhibited at the 7th Yokohama Triennale (JP), MUAC (MX), LACMA (US), NRW FORUM Düsseldorf (DE), Kröller-Müller Museum (NL), Socrates Park (US), 22 Bienal de Arte Paiz (GT), FRAC Île-de-france, Paris (FR), Kunstinstituut Melly (NL), Museo de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá (CO), Ballroom Marfa (US), IMMA (IE), among others. Throughout the years, he has been an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation (UK), Leiden Astronomical Observatory (NL), Jan van Eyck (NL), Ratti Foundation (IT), Skowhegan (US), and NIAS (NL). Oscar holds an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) and teaches at AKV|St. Joost (NL).

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