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  • ICAA Record ID
    1166270
    TITLE
    El árbol no nos deja ver el bosque : reflexiones en el marco de la Tercera Bienal Salvador Valero / Anibal Ortizpozo
    IN
    III Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular. -- Trujillo, Venezuela : Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Salvador Valero, 1990
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 22-23
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ortizpozo, Aníbal. "El árbol no nos deja ver el bosque: reflexiones en el marco de la Tercera Bienal Salvador Valero." In III Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular, 22- 23. Trujillo, Venezuela: Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Salvador Valero, 1990.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Based in Venezuela due to the 1973 Pinochet coup d’etat, Chilean artist Aníbal Ortizpozo presented this text at the III Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular (Trujillo, 1991), reflecting on the arts beginning with the question: “What is folk art…?” In his opinion, we have always erred in approaching folk art by following the rules and criteria of the Western aesthetic; that is, by de-contextualizing folk objects and assigning them a new meaning by exhibiting them in stores and museums, in this way altering the production systems of the community. All this encourages competition among artisans and exalts individualism. Because of this, Ortizpozo states that “conditions should be created so that folk artists may with their own instruments and understanding determine their place in the circulation of their work.” Only this will allow them and their communities to play a major role.

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This document written by Chilean artist and teacher Aníbal Ortizpozo (b. 1937) focuses on folk art, examining the “folk” concept as one that encompasses diverse cultural manifestations. The author likewise references other concepts offered by authors like María Elena Ramos and Néstor García Canclini, pausing on “kitsch” and “folklore,” concepts that help in understanding folk art.

 

For Ortizpozo’s reflections on the sixth instance of this event, see in the ICAA digital archive “Bienal Salvador Valero: La alternativa a contracorriente” (doc. no. 1166334).

Researcher
Monica Quintini
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Aníbal Ortizpozo, 1991
Location
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.