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" Third International Biennial: Looking for a Place"
1999-07-10 until 1999-12-31
Site Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM, USA United States of America

The exhibition, whose working title is LOOKING FOR A PLACE, sets out to translate the emotion of time and place and to assert that in each corner of the planet there is a universe. The project seeks to reinforce the confluence between nature, science and cultural cross-fertilization. Martínez states, While the past was considered to be the source of all knowledge and Western reason regarded as the sole truth, today art feels the need to break out of its straitjacket, explore uncharted lands and fashion new possibilities of thought based on the synchronicity of the present.

The biennial features works by over 20 artists whom Martínez views as being interpreters of a rapidly changing world. They represent many countries and thematic as well as stylistic approaches, including installation, video, interactive works, performance, scientific explorations, aesthetics/politics, travel studies, feminist art, and ecological art. In addition, SITE Santa Fe offers intensive educational and parallel programs designed around the biennial for a variety of participants. Ms. Martínez's project is an auspicious follow-up to SITE Santa Fe's first two biennials: LONGING AND BELONGING: From the Faraway Nearby in the summer of 1995, and TRUCE: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions in the summer of 1997, remarked director Louis Grachos. It continues our commitment to bring leading-edge contemporary art to the local community and, at the same time, to serve as a link in the global art/museum world. Rosa Martínez is an independent art critic and curator from Barcelona. This year, she curated the Project Rooms at ARCO 98. Martínez is also the curator of the site-specific project Mar de fondo that will be celebrated in Valencia, Spain, in July 1998, and one of the curators of CREAM--Contemporary Art in Culture--an exhibition about emerging international artists in the form of a book that will be published in September 1998 by Phaidon Press in London. In 1997, she served as artistic director of the 5th International Istanbul Biennial and from 1996- 1997 was director of the curatorial training program, Passion and Ennui in Contemporary Art, organized by Fundacio La Caixa in Barcelona. Martínez was curator of Sala Montcada, the experimental space for young artists at La Caixa, during two seasons (1997 and 1992-1993). She was a member of the curatorial team responsible for Manifesta 1, a new European biennial, held in Rotterdam in June 1996. Martínez is also an editor of art books and an art critic collaborating with such publications as La Guía del Ocio, Lápiz and Flash Art International. From 1988 until 1992, Martínez was chief curator of La Bienal de Barcelona, and coordinator for Barcelona's submissions to the Mediterranean biennials in Bologna, Thessaloniki, Marseille and Tipassa. From 1978 through 1988, she was responsible for the Art and History activities of Fundacio La Caixa. I strongly believe that Santa Fe is the perfect environment to present an exhibition aimed at establishing a fruitful dialogue with contemporary international art currents, reflects Martínez. SITE Santa Fe has stepped into the international arena and become a magnet drawing the attention of both the public and critics, and Santa Fe's geographical, sociological and cultural hallmarks make it a privileged place for tackling some of the issues facing the world today.

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