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Jessica Briceño: “Commercial spaces are very necessary and this is the oldest fair we have”

The artist Jessica Briceño Cisneros is coming for the fifth time to Ch.ACO. The first time she participated in the fair was in 2013 and four versions later, she was the winner of the Ca.Sa. dedicated to emerging art. In 2020, she will be part of the PLANTA section with Proyecto N.A.S.A. (L) and her work “Tajamar”, will be present at the Agorafilia exhibition, selection that will gather works by female artists and be curated by Carol Illanes.


By Ch.ACO team


Jessica Briceño Cisneros, “TAJAMAR”, de la exposición "Cuando ya no te nombren", Hormigón armado; musgo y hepáticas, agua, 130x130x80 cm, 320 KG


What does it mean for you to be part of this exhibition of women artists in Ch.ACO?

"I think that somehow the history of Latin American and universal art owes to the art of women. This instance of art produced by women seems to me very necessary and important and I am very happy to be part of the group of people chosen by the curator, from whom I admire her work very much".


"Probably where the towers of Tajamar are located, 6 towers could fit instead of the 4 there are ... my reflection on those old furniture projects is nostalgic and a bit of oblivion"

In what does the work "TAJAMAR" consist of with which you will be part of the exhibition Agorafilia?

“This work was built thanks to a production grant from the Tajamar Foundation. It is inspired in these real estate projects that are on the lookout for old buildings. Probably where the towers of Tajamar are located, 6 towers could fit instead of the 4 there are ... my reflection on those old furniture projects is nostalgic and a bit of oblivion".


How does the work “Tajamar” relate to the public / private dichotomy?

"It is a work that was exhibited in Tajamar Gallery, which ceased to exist a couple of years ago. The work was located in the central square of the towers of Tajamar ... that relationship that makes reference from a private space to a public and open one, I find it interesting and has to do with the show".


On this occasion, will we see something very different from what you have shown in Ch.ACO before?

"Basically now I am in a research process that relates sculpture and poetry, I am working with new materials and working with sculpture and text. These are art works that are very in tune with the work of Xavier and Jorge (NASA Project Artists (L)) , we have a kind of similar theme, which has a lot to do with intimate and fictional spaces".


"The market is not the only thing, but it is a very important factor in being an artist, being a gallery owner or being a collector. The problem is that there are no other instances where there is a more investigative and collaborative process"

What does Ch.ACO mean to you?

"For me Ch.ACO is a very necessary commercial instance. For the sustainability of artists and those who work in the world of art and culture, commercial spaces are very necessary and this is the oldest fair we have. It is not free from critics, of course, but I think it is important to remain part of it and continue feeding the circuit and the market, the market is not the only thing, but it is a very important factor in being an artist, being a gallery owner or being a collector. The problem is that there are no other instances where there is a more investigative and collaborative process. For now we have Ch.ACO and other fairs that are purely commercial, but I am very pleased to be part of it."



Incoming call

11 questions of Ch.ACO -11




1. Who inspires you? "Venezuela".


2. Who is your favorite artist? "How difficult, I have many .... Karsten Födinger".




Jessica Briceño


3. When did you realize you were an artist? “When they made me choose in kindergarten if I wanted to dress as a doctor or artist, there I said as an artist!".


4. Your work in 3 concepts: "water, city, imbalance .... and I have to add another, shape".


5. What has been the worst shame you have ever had? "All the times that I have not known how to defend myself from stupid comments from men".


6. What book would you recommend? "The one I'm reading now, ‘Tengo miedo, torero’ from Pedro Lemebel”.


7. What place in Santiago / in the world connects you with art? "Any place that has modern architecture or water architecture ... in Santiago, mostly Providencia and on the road, every time a water tower appears I connect with art".


8. If you were not an artist, what would you do? "I would be a pastry chef, because I like to decorate."


9. Ch.ACO in 3 words: "market, art, magazine".


10. If you could have coffee with someone (dead or alive), who would it be? "with my grandmother".


11. What do you expect from Ch.ACO in this version? "I hope that from what it offers to gallery owners, artists and the public, it accomplishes with bringing people, with motivating art collecting, with making national and international names known and hopefully positions itself as a lasting fair in Latin America, because although it is 11 years old, it is still a very small fair and unfortunately the last version was very problematic and left many scars, this year I hope that this situation can be redeemed".


What message would you give to women artists? "Always look for the best working conditions of respect and professionalism for you and your mates. Do not conform with the minimum and if they don´t want to give you the conditions or you cannot modify your environment to obtain it, friend get out of there".











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