A new website brings together Chilean artists of the 20th century
Ana González, María Cánepa, Marta Colvin, and Gracia Barrios are just some of the Chilean performing and visual artists included in the pioneras.org platform, launched at the GAM in March.
This new website aims to highlight the work of distinguished women creators “so that the new generations grow up with awareness of their role, rights, and power” explains Romina Barra, historian, teacher, and cultural administrator currently residing in Madrid. She is behind Creators: a matter of genre; Chilean women, artists, revolutionaries, and 20th century pioneers, a project launched on her website pioneras.org on March 20 at the Gabriela Mistral Center (GAM).
This virtual collection includes biographies and historical contexts studied from a gender perspective along with interviews, photographs, and teaching notebooks.
Isidora Aguirre, Malú Gática, Carmen Barros, María Asunción Requena, Gabriela Roepke, Shenda Roman, María Cánepa, Marés González, Ana González, Mónica Echeverría, and Bélgica Castro are the performing artists featured in the project. Marta Colvin, Rebeca Matte, Matilde Perez, Ana Cortés, Gracia Barrios, Catalina Parra, Virginia Errázuriz, Loty Rosenfeld, Roser Bru, Nury González, Bruna Truffa, Paz Errazuriz, and Lily Garafulic are the creators from the visual arts world present in the website.
The project’s authors summarize why “Creators” –sponsored by the Gender Department of the Universidad de Santiago, Duoc-UC, and the NGO Amanda Labarca Empowerment School– was awarded FONDART funding in the Traditional and Popular Culture category: “We tried to highlight women’s contributions to the Chilean arts scene of the 20th century and their (sometimes inadvertent) influence on political revolutions and manifestations that deeply marked our social fabric. Art workers who were pioneers and revolutionaries in their time”.