FREEDOM IN THE FINE ARTS TEACHING
On the occasion of the arrest of the Chilean ex-dictator and life-senator Augusto Pinochet in London by a request of extradition by a Spanish judge, in memory of the repression of some mail artists during his regime and the ongoing situation of democracy under the ex-dictador´s tutelage with a constitution of military origins, Boek861 had the idea to send a manifesto wich was supported by hundreds of mail-artists and, later, resulted the first mail art call from AUMA+Gom@ that has had an extraordinary answer: almost a thousand works by almost five hundred artists representing 30 countries were received.
As the theme of this exhibition dwells on freedom in the teaching of arts and the influence of authoritarian regimes on culture (focusing on the case of mail artist Humberto Nilo, fired from his teaching and directing positon at the school of Fine Arts in the University of Chile due to political intrigue) the participation of students, Fine Arts teachers and mail artists across the world has been inmense.
After two years of activity, AUMA + Gom@ presents now the results of its first campaign and mail art call. Almost a thousand works had travelled around the world in a series of exhibitions under the motto Freedom in the Fine Arts Teaching.
This is a brief resume
of the seven exhibitions that AUMA has organized after the mail art call.
10 to 31, 1999.
Place: Escola d'Art i Disseny / Diputació de Tarragona
Curator: César Reglero, (AUMA)
Presentation: March, 10, 1.999: AU MA / Taller del Sol / Matriz Grupal / STIDNA!
Events: Joan Simó (Minimalism) / Xer (Performance) / Taller del Sol (Performance)
(Jornades artístiques i de reflexió. Arte institucional / dictadura cultural)
Activity within the programme: ACCIONS DE NIT
8 to 22, 1999
Place: Casal d'Associacions Juvenils de Barcelona / Consell de la Joventut / Ajuntament de Barcelona. Ausiàs March, 60 / 08010-Barcelona
Curator: Montse Fornós, (AUMA)
Presentation; October 8, 1.999: AUMA, Matriz Grupal / STIDNA! / Merz Mail
Performances: Partisan d'amour / Matriz Grupal / Joan casellas / Xavier Moreno / Xavier canals / STIDNA! / Merz Mail / Joan Simó / Xer / Taller del Sol / Sergi Quiñonero / A. Pastor
Internet Zone: during all the exhibition.
Round table: October,
22, 1999. Theme:
-Micropowers, power relationships within the environment
-Influence of the power in education.
10 to 25, 1999.
Place: Galería A E B U.
Curator: Clemente Padín, (AUMA)
-Guided tours to participants in Trade Union Managing School.
-An edition of a booklet with documents about the action and exhibition, members of AUMA comments and list of participants.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
2 to 23, 1999
Place: Galería Liga de Arte de San Juan
Curator: Elías Adasme, (AUMA)
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Place: Barraca Vorticista
Curator: Fernando García Delgado, (AUMA)
SANTIAGO DE CHILE (CHILE)
Date: April, 24
to 29, 2000
Place: Galería Enricco Bucci
Curator: Humberto Nilo (AUMA)
5 to 12, 2000
Place: Biblioteca Central de la Universidad Arturo Prat
Curator: Humberto Nilo (AUMA)