Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste (1991). Sebastián stammt vom indigenen Volk der Mapuche ab, wuchs aber in der Hauptstadt Santiago auf in konstantem Kontrast zwischen der Kultur seiner Vorfahren und des europäisch geprägten Zentrums des Landes. Die Geschichte dieser Transkulturation—vom ersten Kontakt der Mapuche mit den spanischen Eroberern, jahrhundertelangen teils friedlichem, teils kriegerischem Austausch, forcierter Integration in den chilenischen Staat bis hin zu aktuellen politischen und kulturellen Spannungen—ist bei seinen Arbeiten stets der Ausgangspunkt für seine eigene Biografie sowie das Schicksal anderer, welches er in seinen Performances, Skulpturen, Fotografien und Installationen stellvertretend verarbeitet. Sebastián bezeichnet sich selbst als Feminist und Mapuche und schöpft somit aus dem konzeptionellen und geschichtlichen Potential des geografisch unabhängigen Feminismus, und kreist gleichzeitig seinen eigenen Wirkungsraum auf seine Kultur ein, wohlgemerkt dabei in Gegensatz zum “Chilenischen.”

Sein Werdegang schliesst Ausstellungen unter anderem im Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst und dem Museum der Schönen Künste in Santiago, und dem Parque Cultural in Valparaíso ein, sowie die  Teilnahme an Gruppenausstellungen in Spanien, Finnland und Deutschland. MAPA präsentierte seine Video-Performance Alka Domo bereits auf der Videojournée im Mai 2019.


Mehr zu seiner Arbeit auf seiner Website sebastiancalfuqueo.com

Sebastián Calfuqueo Aliste (1991). Sebastián is of Mapuche descent (the indigenous population of the South of Chile), but he grew up in Santiago in constant contrast between the culture of his ancestors and that of the culturally European capital of the country. The history of this transculturation—starting with the first contact between Mapuche and Spanish conquistadores, hundreds of years of sometimes peaceful, sometimes belligerent exchange, forced integration into the Chilean state, up to current political and cultural confrontations—is the starting point for his own biography as well as the fate of others, which he represents and interprets through his performances, sculptures, photographs, and installations. Sebastián calls himself a feminist and Mapuche, thereby making use of the conceptual and historical potential of a geographically independent feminism, and at the same time delineating the radius of his own work around his culture, notably in opposition to the vague and nationalist idea of the “Chilean.”

His work has been exhibited in various significant national museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, both in Santiago, and the Parque Cultural in Valparaíso. He has been part of group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, and Germany and has lectured about his work North and South America. MAPA presented his video performance Alka Domo during the videojournée in May 2019.

 

more on his work on his website sebastiancalfuqueo.com

00:04 WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAPUCHE, CHILEAN, LATIN AMERICAN, OR MORE BROADLY, CONTEMPORARY ARTIST?

01:05 HOW MUCH CONTEXT AROUND YOUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE DO YOU (HAVE TO) PROVIDE?

03:00 HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THE „SHAMANISM“ FOUND IN SOME CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS ARTWORKS?

04:50 YOU GREW UP IN THE METROPOLIS SANTIAGO, HOW DOES THAT IMPACT YOUR MAPUCHE IDENTITY?

06:55 YOU HAVE OFTEN BEEN LABELED AS GAY AND MAPUCHE. WHAT DO THESE LABELS MEAN FOR YOU?

10:02 THE LABEL GAY WOULD SEEMINGLY GIVE YOU A CONNECTION AND AN ENTRY POINT TO INTERNATIONAL ART CIRCLES. WHY DO YOU REJECT THIS LABEL?

12:50 WHAT’S DIFFERENT / BETTER WITHIN THE CONCEPT OF FEMINISM?

13:55 DO YOU ADAPT YOUR WORK FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS?

17:45 YOUR WORKS OFTEN ADDRESS A SPECIFIC PROBLEM. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK PROCESS?

19:55 HOW DID YOU START WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY?

23:35 HOW DOES PHOTOGRAPHY HELP YOU EXPRESS YOUR IDEAS?

25:05 YOU WORK WITH YOUR OWN BIOGRAPHY BUT YOU ALSO USE YOUR BODY AS A CANVAS FOR BIGGER ISSUES IN SOCIETY. HOW DO YOU BRIDGE THE PERSONAL AND THE GENERAL?

28:35 HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE YOUNG GENERATION OF ARTISTS AND THEIR SHARE IN SOCIETY?