Ch.ACO Announces Curated Sections for 2018 Fair Edition

Focus, Planta and Nave de Ediciones, the three curated sections of Ch.ACO, return for the third consecutive year to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ch.ACO

  • Photo courtesy of Ch.ACO

    Photo courtesy of Ch.ACO

As of 2016, Ch.ACO hosts three curated fair sections that aim to highlight and promote artists from around the world. For its 10th edition, the three sections will be curated by outstanding professionals in the art world; British-Venezuelan Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill will be in charge of Focus, Art-Historian Carolina Castro and Curator Matías Allende will be in charge of Planta, and, Chilean Editor Camila Opazo will be in charge of Nave de Ediciones.

The Sections

Focus seeks to engage in a dialogue on interlocution and contexts of the contemporary art world, and therefore will present the work of 24 artists represented by 12 national and international galleries, considering their political, social and cultural contexts.

Planta is a Latin-American selection of young, self-managed projects that seeks to make new generations of artists visible, professionalize management models and evaluate the areas of development within contemporary art.

Nave de Ediciones will once again bring together the main local and foreign publishing houses specialized in contemporary art. For the first time, this section will hold a contest –to celebrate the 10-year partnership between Ch.ACO and the printing house Ograma, with the purpose of giving a publishing house the opportunity to print a publication on a celebration-related theme.

The Curators

Camila Opazo is a visual artist engaged in creating national exhibitions and open dialogue. She has managed independent initiatives, such as KM-0 Collective of Artists, and has worked at Color Animal, creating a consultancy space for artists. In 2014 she was the Commercial Director of AFA Gallery and in 2015 she founded Tonic, an online platform and print magazine on the Latin-American art and collection market, in which she is currently a founding partner, head director and editor. She also is an art director at OMA Gallery.

Carolina Castro Jorquera is a PhD in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum in Spain. This curator and researcher participated in the 4th International Course of Curators at the Biennale of Gwangju in South Korea. She is currently a professor at the Finis Terrae University and is a frequent contributor for art magazines such as Artishock, The Miami Rail, Latinxspaces and Terremoto. Amongst her most recent curatorial projects are “Zombi Mall’ by Ignacio Gatica in Die Ecke Gallery and “Distaff” by Juana Gómez in Michael Hoppen Gallery London.

Matías Allende is an Art graduate and Art History major from Universidad de Chile committed to doing research on contemporary art in the Southern Cone. He has worked as a curatorial assistant at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires (MNBA), a position he also held for a few months at the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain in Nice. He is currently an art researcher associated to the Contemporary Art Museum in Chile (MAC), as well as one of the main editors of  "Catálogo Razonado. MAC Collection", and an active member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-Unesco) since 2017.

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a Modern and Contemporary Art historian and curator, specialized in Latin-American art. She has a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and a Master’s Degree in 20th Century Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has been Head Curator at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and Director and Curator in Chief at the Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation (CIFO) and Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection. Today, she is co-curator of “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985”, an exhibition on Latin American women artists and their radical art practices, held at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is also curator of Abstraction in Action, and co-editor of two volumes of Guatemalan art from the 20th and 21st Century, an Arte Arte GT 20/21 and Harvard University initiative.