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The Venice Biennale Chilean pavilion for this 2012 season was abuzz with the potential being showcased for the future of Chile’s public spaces.
This inventive pavilion was the brainchild of curators Pilart Pinchart and Bernardo Valdes who chose to suspend the seven short films by Cristobal Palma in the darkened space. These showcased the essence of each ideal for the creations of novel spaces in Chile. In addition to the suspended screens, visitors walked on a bed of salt to access each proposal and lounged on salt blocks—a concept that paid tribute to Tarapacá.
This pavilion was also aptly titled ‘Cancha,’ which is a pre-hispanic word for public space. With such subtly inventive references, the 2012 Venice Biennale Chilean pavilion pays tribute the country’s rich cultural territory.