Helena Almeida (Portugal)
Ghada Amer (Egypt)
Janine Antoni (Bahamas/USA)
Monica Bonvicini (Italy)
Louise Bourgeois (USA)
Tania Bruguera (Cuba)
Lygia Clark (Brazil)
Diller + Scofidio (USA)
Dr. Galentin Gatev (Bulgaria)
Yolanda Gutiérrez (México)
Mona Hatoum (Palestine/Great Britain)
Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Sweden)
Carsten Höller (Germany)
Simone Aaberg Kaern (Denmark)
Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa)
Nikos Navridis (Greece)
Shirin Neshat (Iran/USA)
Rivane Neuenschwander (Brazil)
Gabriel Orozco (México/USA)
Cai Guo-Qiang (China)
Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland)
Francisco Ruiz de Infante (Spain)
Bülent Sangar (Turkey)
Arsen Savadov & Georgy Senchenko (Ukraine)
Charlene Teters (USA)
Sergio Vega (Argentina)
Miwa Yanagi (Japan)
In recent decades, art has abandoned its historical isolation
in favor of constructing multiple bridges to reality. Today, art
is connected to science, political activism, the exploration of
psychic darkness, and new ideas of beauty not necessarily determined
by Western paradigms. Simultaneously, a new aesthetic is emerging
as a consequence of the latest technologies.
As these technologies change our sense of place, the ways in which
we are connected to the flux of information have become more relevant
than where we are located. Despite our ability to interact simply
and quickly with people in every part of the world, place has become
one of the main sources of anxiety in our time.
Land, place, and space are essential to the definition of the relationship
between human beings and the world. Contemporary approaches conceive
of places as events, as scenes for human life, as crossroads for
existential encounters. These approaches seem to go back to the
Greek concept of topos, which refers less to a "place"
than it does to a "state of being." There is no topos
without movement, and "looking for a place" can also be
understood as movement toward a "state."
The exhibition Looking For A Place is specifically conceived for
SITE Santa Fe's third international biennial. The artists are from
many generations and many nations, and they will explore the multiple
meanings of place today. The biennial artists will create poetic
and critical views of how the "where" is understood today.
The heart of Looking For A Place is to explore the potential and
energy of places charged with meaning and to heighten the sensibilities
of the spectators. Central to the concerns of the contemporary world
and related to the particularity of places are a variety of issues.
These range from the boundaries that separate public and private
spheres, to the consideration of the space that marginalized groups
occupy in society; from the way our bodies (the places of ourselves)
relate to architecture and urban environments, to the ethics of
how advances in techno-science modify us; from the displacements
and cultural clashes linked with migrations, to the defense of identities.
Santa Fe, rich with history, tradition, and myth, is at the center
of Looking For A Place. Although the exhibit is more about intensity
than extension, the biennial will also have satellite locations
throughout northcentral New Mexico. SITE Santa Fe's third international
biennial proposes to discover rural, urban, and psychic landscapes
that will provoke emotions and critical reflection about the perception
of place. Looking For A Place will contribute to the reinvigoration
of contemporary cultural discourse and assume a significant presence
among international biennials.
The exhibition, LOOKING FOR A PLACE, sets out to translate
the emotion of time and place and to assert that in each corner
of the planet there is a universe. The project seeks to reinforce
the confluence between nature, science and cultural cross-fertilization.
Martínez states, "While the past was considered to be
the source of all knowledge and Western reason regarded as the sole
truth, today art feels the need to break out of its straitjacket,
explore uncharted lands and fashion new possibilities of thought
based on the synchronicity of the present."
The biennial features works by 30 artists whom Martínez
views as being interpreters of a rapidly changing world. They represent
many countries and thematic as well as stylistic approaches, including
installation, video, interactive works, performance, scientific
explorations, aesthetics/politics, travel studies, feminist art,
and ecological art. In addition, SITE Santa Fe is offering intensive
educational and parallel programs designed around the biennial for
a variety of participants.
"I strongly believe that Santa Fe is the perfect environment
to present an exhibition aimed at establishing a fruitful dialogue
with contemporary international art currents," reflects Martínez.
"SITE Santa Fe has stepped into the international arena and
become a magnet drawing the attention of both the public and critics,
and Santa Fe's geographical, sociological and cultural hallmarks
make it a privileged place for tackling some of the issues facing
the world today."