This research project is born from the concern about the relationship between institutions and their architectural spaces with social demands.
“During the October 2019 Revolt in Chile, we lived an intense struggle for dignity.
The systematic abuse took us to the streets, acting as an organism from our individualities and collaborations. The banking and commercial institutions found in the shielding of their architectures and buildings, the solution to looting or the alteration of their facades.
They shielded themselves, and in doing so they were blind to the demands of the people on the street. It is basically what the terrorist state has done, with the increase in state armor, the massive purchase of weapons and dissuasive vehicles to control the population; also with methods such as the curfew, which had not been implemented throughout the territory since the Pinochet dictatorship.
Shielding is used in times of extreme danger.It fulfills the objective of protecting something, but blinds who is protected.
The project seeks to raise questions about the city and the capital's reaction to the population.
What does this shielding of the institutions tell us?
What institutions are shielded?
What is the relationship between our bodies and institutional armor?
What is the relationship of the history of these buildings with the metal plates on their facades?”
Rodolfo Muñoz (Valparaíso, Chile) is an artist and curator working between Spain and Chile.
He holds a MA in Photography from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, and a Diploma in Art from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He has been working as an artist and curator working for LABi (Valencia, Spain) were he curated 4 exhibitions, highlighting a documentary with Harold Berg about Gordon Matta-Clark in Documenta 6. In Valparaíso (Chile) he collaborated with different institutions as CCEAC and CENTEX. His works as an artist and curator are focused in contemporary photography, art and performance.