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A THREE-DAY FESTIVAL WHERE ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD REIMAGINE PUEBLO GARZÓN
“The word radical comes from the Latin word radicalis which literally means “of or relating to a root.” In the English language, it first came to describe the basics or fundamentals of something. Later it progressed to mean something different from usual or to describe a person who was looking to make extreme changes.” – Merriam Webster
Welcome to our seventh CAMPO Artfest, an annual celebration of Creativity, Community + Connection. This year feels as expansive as ever with the additions of a third day, a Film Forum of short documentaries and a rocking Sound Sessions. We’re excited to introduce you to an inspired group of artists from near and far, invited to Garzon to create site-specific work around the theme RADICAL NATURE: The Roots of Land + Water. In the months leading up to the festival, through online meetups with guest speakers imparting their wisdom, the participating artists bonded over exploring the environment through an ancestral lens, creating transatlantic conversations and collaborations.
RADICAL NATURE invokes a reconnection with the wisdom of the ancestors, past civilizations and cultures who lived harmoniously and sustainably with nature, embodying a reciprocity that has been severed and is seeking to be restored. This CAMPO Artfest cohort dug deep into their roots, and wondrously connected, creating an ecosystem, like a living organizing of individual works that correspond and converse, and hopefully inspire a deeper reflection.
Allow yourself at least three hours to take in the festival, meandering through the pueblo streets, to and from the train station (about 1km from the village plaza), all the way to the river this year. Be sure to fuel up at CAMPO Canteen for a sandwich and iced coffee, and check out the exhibition of participating artists’ smaller works for sale.
16:00 – 20:00 Open to the public
16:30 – 19:30 Film Forum at The Social Club
17:00 – 19:00 Kids’ Ceramic + Natural Print Workshop by Sofia Sibrú on the Plaza
17:30 Theatrical Performance from Teatro Breve: Manual Para Carta de Amor by Rafael Beltrán
18:15 Sound Sessions: Alfonsina
19:00 Hugo Fattoruso at the Train Station
20:00 CAMPO Benefit Dinner
13:00 – 19:00 Open to the public
13:00 – 19:00 Asado by A Poncho y Espuela en la Plaza
14:00 – 18:00 Film Forum at The Social Club
13:00 – 19:00 Ruta de Arte Garzón Gallery Walk (Black Gallery, La Galerilla, Piero Atchugarry Gallery , Walden Naturae)
15:30 – 16:30 Meet the Artists of CAMPO Artfest 2023 at CAMPO Canteen
16:00 – 18:00 Kids’ Painting Workshop by Guillermina Banfi on the Plaza
17:00 Magma Futura presenta a Flipando.ai: IA, Naturaleza y Arte: Descubriendo un Futuro Creativo y Sostenible en CAMPO Canteen
17:00 Black Gallery: Conversatorio Artista-Curadora Tea party con Francesa Molinari + Joanne Cattarossi
18:00 Sound Sessions: Lola Cobach
18:30 Sound Sessions: Paul Higgs
19:00-21:00 Ruta de Arte Gallery Walk (José Ignacio, La Barra, Manantiales)
13:00 – 19:00 Open to the public
14:00 – 18:00 Film Forum at The Social Club
14:00 – 18:00 Photographic Development Mobile Lab Workshop by Artista Fede Ruiz Santesteban
16:00-18:00 Live Carving Demonstration with Artist Mauro Arbiza en Galeria Garzón
17:00 Nature IMMERSION (walk) with Ana Amorin
18:00 Sound Sessions: Sr Faraón
18:30 Sound Sessions: Tambores
After touring the 20+ site-specific installations around the pueblo, please join us and the CAMPO Artfest artists for our annual benefit dinner. Recent James Beard nominee Michael Diaz de Leon, whose restaurant BRUTØ in Denver just earned a Michelin Star, will guest chef this year, promising another unforgettable night under the stars celebrating the participating festival artists. In step with CAMPO’s mission of fostering creative exchange, Michael will be assisted by a creative crew of chefs from around Uruguay. Tickets and tables to this one-of-kind dinner help support our nonprofit organization, artists-as-changemakers, our local school program Garzon en Focus, and building a global creative community whose mission is steeped in connection, contemplation and conversation.
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About Chef Michael Diaz de Leon
Michael is a first generation Mexican American, born in El Paso, Texas. He leads BRUTØ in Denver, CO, an 18-seat chef counter, offering an omakase tasting menu that features seasonal ingredients grown and found around Latin America, Mexico, Texas, and Colorado, which encourages little-to-no waste. Diaz de Leon was awarded the San Pellegrino Star Chefs Game Changer Award in 2022 and was a James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best Chef: Mountain in 2023. Last month, BRUTØ earned one Michelin star, as well as green stars for excellence in sustainability.
The Roots of Land + Water
Dario Invernizzi CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Director of the Invernizzi Laboratory and Studio in Montevideo, Dario is also co-founder of Análoga, specializing in the research of historical photographic processes. He is a master printer and artistic producer with a degree from the National School of Fine Arts (UDELAR / R.O.U). He has headed the production team for CAMPO Artfest since its launch in 2017, and, this year, as Creative Director, has expanded the festival’s vision working alongside each participating artist.
Patricia Bentancur CURATOR-AT-LARGE
Patricia Bentancur is an independent curator. She lives between Uruguay and France. She has developed research projects such as Art Dishonor and Violence, together with Luis Camnitzer; Archive/Clemente Padin; Gender Issues in Latin America, together with Ana Tiscornia. Curator of the Venice Biennale, she is currently Curator at-large for institutions in Uruguay and abroad. For this edition of CAMPO Artfest, she curated the CAMPO AIR December artist-in-residence cohort.
BANG BANG! SAPIENS by Patricia Bentancur
This edition of CAMPO Artfest focuses on the interconnection between practices of visual culture and the emergence of environmental issues. Nature, water, and land; the origins and restitution of subaltern knowledge. Ancestral wisdom, present excesses, and ignorances are part of the spectrum that will be exposed through visual practices this time.
All the artists participating in this CAMPO Artfest form a horizontal and interdisciplinary work team in an experience of exchanges and mutual learning. It’s a process where ideas, methodologies, and complementary knowledge are shared.
The five artists who are in residence during the month of December contribute to the diversity of their cultures, origins, and knowledge based on their practice processes. Collectively, they build a panorama that includes the recording of these issues and the consequences of a nature radicalized by extractivism and the speculative arrogance of a radical Capitalocene. It’s a crisis of hyper-consumption that disproportionately affects communities in the so-called Global South.
From a situationist practice, Marco Noris helps us to complexify our perception of the environment we inhabit and the value of the time we spend in nature and within an integrated community. He formalizes his extensive walks, which form the basis of his work, using various tools such as cartography, maps, drawings, paintings, and memory.
Rafiki Sánchez works from ancestral knowledge and wisdom, practicing regenerative ecology through intergenerational learning. The materiality of weaving, clothing, and their convergence with the body, the connection with the land, and its potentialities form the basis for proposing reflections through performances, drawings, and other formalizations. Their work seems to echo Quijano’s maxim: “freeing the production of knowledge, reflection, and communication from the pitfalls of European modernity (rationality), as Quijano argues.”
Christian Salablanca‘s “encyclopedic canoes” are adorned with drawings depicting various forms of fish and marine species. This technique serves to recognize and learn from water, understanding it as the life support for many communities and generations. It’s a mnemonic archive that retrieves knowledge from water-related practices, allowing us to aspire to that relearning of wisdom Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui speaks of. Surely, doing so, as the Aymara term “chuyma” reminds us, involves relearning and thinking from the heart and memory.
Jessica Segall works within multidisciplinary teams comprised of scientists, activists, and other species. Through a practice linked to queer ecology, her project serves as an example of the symbiotic work between human and non-human animals. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our connection with nature, how we utilize those resources, the meaning behind our diets, and the overexploitation we subject other species to. Through a video that is equally poetic and thought-provoking, Segall, from her practices, emphasizes the risks and fragility of the environment.
Daniela Medina Poch investigates the ways in which unofficial histories and inter-species entanglements contribute to the conception of eco-centric narratives. She works with the political potential of language, and her practice includes installation performances, talks, and listening sessions. Medina Poch invites us to examine the asymmetries in power relationships.
Like many editions of CAMPO Artfest, all the artists in this exhibition propose, to some extent, a critique of the Anthropocene, that supremacy we humans believe we have over all other existences and pre-existences. Doing so through art can help us reframe and reconsider the various actions we’ve been uncritically developing and their consequential dimensions.
From an interdisciplinary approach, ecology, anthropology, and critical studies have been addressing the interdependence and co-evolution of cultural and ecological processes, often referred to as “Culturaleza.” Authors like Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux, or Ray Brassier opened the 21st century with philosophical concepts that help us contemplate a world without us. Decades earlier, Donna Haraway proposed rethinking ourselves through what she called situated learning theory.
In addition to these undeniable contributions, we shouldn’t forget to include philosophical propositions that challenge certain aspects of analyses representing a Western philosophy. Including artists from all regions allows us to reflect from our frames of reference, contexts, experiences, issues, and knowledge. Studies by authors like Deborah Danowski and Viveiros de Castro aid us in decolonizing our ways of thinking, drawing from subaltern knowledge, such as that from Amerindian cultures, which are founded on the concept of multinaturalism.
Whatever perspective we adopt in approaching our connection with our environments and the species that inhabit them—be it a link of unchecked extra consumption or one rooted in sustainability and respect—we belong to a system of interdependent interspecies relationships. This compels us to consider what Mignolo calls “border thinking” and “border gnosis.”
While the concept defining the Anthropocene continues to dominate contemporary thought almost globally, sectors related to eco-feminist thought in Latin America continue to bring to the forefront the existence of class, gender, race, sex, and nation inequalities established within human relationships. This dominion, human-to-human, perpetuates and manifests itself in a supremacy link, human-animal, human-nature, where the human stands above all else. Perhaps we should consider that the Earth was there long before us; between sapiens and the Big Bang, millions and millions of years passed.
To conclude, and recalling one of the slogans emerging from a new generation of environmental activists:
NO ART WITHOUT PLANET / NO HAY ARTE SIN PLANETA
CAMPO Benefit Auction 2023
Raising funds for creativity!
December 14 – 29, 2023
Rolling into year six, CAMPO is growing into its skin, standing as a national/international catalyst-of-change, offering artists and visitors a unique experience that they carry back to their studios, cities, and families. The need for community that connects and reflects, the importance of pausing and listening – transformative time these days is essential. Through all of our programs, we continue to grow and spread our message through the artists we’ve touched.
Now, more than ever, we need your help. The world is full of artists to support.
This special online auction is comprised of beautiful work from past AIR and CAMPO Artfest participants, and artist friends around the world, who will earn 50% of each sale. Your financial contributions will go a long way in helping us fuel operations and programs so we can continue expanding our impact both here and abroad.
Start bidding and support our Uruguayan foundation and certified American 501(c)(3).BID HERE!
- Verónica Salevsky | Production + Programs Director
- Maria Eugenia Isgleas | CAMPO Artfest Production Assistant
- Martín Ubal | Head of Maintenance
- Elisa Uriarte | CAMPO AIR December Residency Director
- Camila Arbeláez | Development Coordinator
- Mauricio Castro – Invernizzi Fine Art Printing | CAMPO Artfest Production Team
- Fabrizio Alvarez | CAMPO Canteenista
- Sebastian Gavary – Fragum | Brand Identity
- Renata Zenteno Queiroz | Communications + Programs Assistant
- Ana Núñez | Head of Housekeeping
- Elena Gemello | Intern
- Dario Invernizzi – Invernizzi Fine Art Printing | CAMPO Artfest Production Team
- Valentina Areán | CAMPO Canteenista
- Alexis Magnone – Invernizzi Fine Art Printing | CAMPO Artfest Production Team
- Heidi Lender | Founder + Executive Director
- Mercedes Azambuya – Fragum | Brand Identity
- Erika Gutiérrez | CAMPO Canteenista
- Roberto Maiocchi | Website Design
CAMPO is an American registered 501(c)(3) and Uruguayan nonprofit creative institute that supports artists-as-changemakers in a magical corner of Uruguay by providing residencies for committed visual, literary, musical, and culinary talents from around the world.
We invite you to be a part of our global creative community and help elevate the planet’s frequency through creative expression. For ways to support – click here.