The Gift: Ensayos Supports Chilean Pavilion @ Venice Biennale

In a first for the art world, the peatlands of Patagonia will represent Chile at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. The Chilean Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile and DIRAC are pleased to announce Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol as the project that will represent Chile at the upcoming 59th International Venice Biennale. The Chilean pavilion is being curated by Ensayos founder Camila Marambio, and features an immersive installation by Chilean creatives Ariel Bustamante (sound), Carla Macchiavello (art historian), Dominga Sotomayor (filmmaker) and Alfredo Thiermann (architect), whose work will plunge viewers into the hol-hol tol or “heart of peatland” in the language of the Selk’nam people who are indigenous to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The artists are joined by ecologist Bárbara Saavedra, Selk’nam writer Hema’ny Molina, cultural producer Juan Pablo Vergara, and additional plurinational collaborators, including contributors to Ensayo #6.

Ensayos collaborators Caitlin Franzmann (Australia), Christy Gast (New York, United States) and Randi Nygård (Norway) are working with “pods” of artists and ecologists to explore the ecology and culture of peatlands local to their regions. The three groups, with collaborators including Freja Carmichael (curator and Ngugi woman of the Quandamooka people), Denise Milstein (sociologist), Renee Rossini (ecologist), and Karolin Tampere (curator/artist) will conjure a gift of scent from international peatlands that will contribute to the multisensory experience of the pavilion in Venice.

Read more about Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol here.

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