Francisca Benítez (b.1974) is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Chile who lives and works in New York since 1998. Recent exhibitions have been held at the XII Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2015); The High Line, New York (2015); Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile (2013); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2011). Francisca graduated as an architect from the Universidad de Chile in 1998 and Master in Fine Arts from Hunter College CUNY in 2007.
On-site Live in Las Galerías from July 19 to Sep. 17, 2016
My work as an artist is the record of my effort to comprehend the world in which I exist and to collaborate in its construction. My practice has developed from the study of public space and the social forces that shape it. Some of my projects have entailed the documentation of a situation taken for granted or rendered invisible, while in others I have attempted to contest or criticize a certain condition. I am concerned with the privatization of everything inherent to neoliberal policies applied everywhere at every scale, and the shift between democracy to oligarchy. I want my work to be part of larger collective efforts to search for better alternatives to exist as society. The tools and mediums I use change according to the concepts I am working with, the particularities of specific contexts and the availability of resources. I have used video, photography, drawing, sound, rubbing, collage, performance, installation, writing and combinations of different media. In recent years, my work has moved towards a more direct engagement with the public, creating actions that subvert established limits and create unexpected areas of coexistence, interaction and dialog.
For my residency at El Museo del Barrio I plan to continue my research on relationships between concrete poetry and sign languages, using performance, drawing and video.