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  • ICAA Record ID
    1166334
    TITLE
    Bienal Salvador Valero : la alternativa a contracorriente / Anibal Ortizpozo
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    Caracas, Venezuela : Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Valero Trujillo, 1999
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ortizpozo, Aníbal. "Bienal Salvador Valero: la alternativa a contracorriente." In VI Bienal Salvador Valero de Arte Popular. Exh. cat., Trujillo, Venezuela: Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Salvador Valero, 1999.
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Synopsis

In this text for the sixth Bienal Salvador Valero de Arte Popular (Trujillo, 1999), Aníbal Ortizpozo reflects on the status of folk art in Venezuela, where, in his judgment, it has been relegated to the second tier in comparison to the so-called “cultured art” that is spreading across the Venezuelan capital, defended by the “artistic administrative bureaucracy of the State” and managed by “modern curators” with the intention of “educating” the people of the provinces. Given this situation, Ortizpozo expresses his satisfaction regarding the importance the biennial has achieved (despite the institutional and bureaucratic obstacles), establishing itself as a space for the comparison of production, distribution, sale, and consumption methods of “folk art.”

Annotations

The importance of this document, written by Chilean artist and educator Aníbal Ortizpozo (b. 1937), based in Venezuela since 1973, stems from its treatment of the most discussed topic among sociologists, anthropologists, and critics: the validity of the conceptual differences between “folk art” and “cultured art.” Ortizpozo also points out the current need to review the cultural policies of the state, with an eye to modifying them so that they become more favorable to the “recuperation and re-contextualization of the artistic expressions linked to the traditional life and community.”

 

For Ortizpozo’s earlier reflections on other Salvador Valero biennials, see the text published in 1991 “El árbol no nos deja ver el bosque: reflexiones en el marco de la Tercera Bienal Salvador Valero” [see ICAA digital archive (doc. no. 1166270)].

Researcher
Monica Quintini
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Aníbal Ortizpozo, 1999
Location
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.