Enrique Castro Rios
Rodriguez del Paso
Marta Eugenia Valle
Maria Adela Diaz
Juan Ignacio Salom
Tamara Diaz Bringas
A large scale visual arts event with the participation of over 70 international artists. It has been organized within the celebrations of the Declaration of San Jose as the Iberoamerican Capital of Culture 2006. One of the curatorial axis is the idea of limits and boundaries. Beyond the territorial and geopolitical limits, the exihibition includes practices that work with temporal, physical, and institutional limitations; with the boundaries of reason or memory, with the limits of the visual and even the irrepresentable.
Visual art event
Estrecho Dudoso (Doubtful Strait) is a visual arts event celebrated from December, 1st, 2006 to February 15th, 2007, at several venues in institutions and public spaces of San Jose', as well as other locations of Costa Rica. TEOR/e'Tica is presenting this large-scale event with the participation of over 70 artists, and the support of several local and international collaborators and institutions.
This event has been organized within the celebrations of the Declaration of San Jose as the Iberoamerican Capital of Culture 2006 and has been given the Declaration of Cultural Interest by the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture.
The title of this event refers to the denomination as “Doubtful Strait" that the spanish conquistadores named the central american isthmus, as they could not find the strait they were looking for in order to attain the Spice Islands. This event, wishes to pick up (and revert) the misunderstanding, the gap in relation to the expectations of the other. But above all, ii is about re-inserting that doubt in the present context, of a region that might continue to be doubtful, but in any case, that continues to doubt.1.
This event, while engaging in an international scope, does however stem from a strong feeling of belonging and reflection on Place, and on where each one locates himself. With the recent globalization processes and the growing flux of people, information, cultures, it would seem the world has become narrower, more connected, closer. However, this “strait" would also be “doubtful" inasmuch as these global proceses have been accompanied by an increase in the physical and symbolic limits, a proliferation of security systems as web as control and surveillance instruments.2
In this sense, one of the curatorial axis in this project is the idea of limits and boundaries. Beyond the territorial and geopolitical limits, and the multiples real and symbolic boundaries, the Doubful Strait includes practices that work with temporal, physical, and institutional limitations; with the boundaries of reason or memory, with the limits of the visual and even the irrepresentable. More than just signaling these limits, the idea is to displace their scope to a certain degree. It is, finally, about thinking art as a possible way of tautening these limits.
Opening: november, 30 2006
Various locations - San Jose