INSTITUTION

CASAPOLI is a private non-profit cultural institution. It was founded in 2005 together with a singular building by the sea. “Poli”, in its Greek etymology, doesn’t only refer to the political role of a public work, but also points to an essential category of plurality and multiplicity. This open, diverse and expandable meaning, such as the contemporary city, is one of the principles that guide the varied functions of the house; it is simultaneously a place for retreat and individual introspection in an extreme natural landscape and a place for gatherings, exhibitions and workshops for research and collective production of cultural projects. With a regular Residence program, the institution aims to stimulate the regional visual arts’ experimental production and the exchange of experiences of local artists with the general community as much as the specialized national and international scenes.

RESIDENCE

The work “There is an Artist” proposes a counterpart to the Poli house formal forcefulness. Using mechanisms of advertising, the installation puts in crisis the position of the artist hidden inside the house and his role in the society. Understanding art as a human activity that satisfies spiritual needs, the work relates to the order of basic needs, imitating the popular offers of grocery stores signs.

Oscar Concha (1964) is a visual artist. He studied Graphic Design at DUOC-UC, Concepcion. He is Animita Artes Visuales’ editor, part of the MESA8 collective and of MOVIL contemporary art project. He lives and works in Concepcion, Chile.