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Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel is a Chilean curator residing in Santiago, Chile. She has produced and curated different cultural initiatives in museums and cultural centers in South America, Asia and Europe. She worked as Director of Art and Education for the Mar Adentro Foundation. She is currently the director of Centro Cultural La Moneda, the main space for the arts in Chile. Under her direction, relevant exhibitions have been exhibited, such as Obra Viva by Joaquín Torres García and J. M. W. Turner. Watercolors Tate Collection. And recently, in 2020, Soplo by Ernesto Neto, among others.
Her investigative and curatorial work is oriented towards the search for meaning and the activation of critical thinking, through artistic and cultural instances related to the context.
In 2021, under an intercultural methodology that involved joint work with representatives of the Selk’Nam, Kawésqar and Yagán First Nations communities, she directed the curatorship of El Ancho Mundo. Aproximaciones a Magallanes.
She developed the production in Chile for the Tomie Ohtake Institute, Brazil, for the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Obsession. Between October 2014 and January 2015 she curated the Christian Boltanski project in Chile at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, and the Animitas installation in the Atacama desert, which was later exhibited in the All the World’s Futures exhibition at the Venice Biennale whose General curator was Okwui Enwezor.
Together with Zara Stanhope, she co-curated the exhibition Space to Dream: Recent art from South America, held in 2016 at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Museum, New Zealand, highlighted by the local press as the best exhibition of the last thirty years.
Curator of the exhibition Our Site, South American Artists for the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and for the Visual Arts Museum, Santiago, Chile.
Curator and co-producer of the exhibition Umbraculum, by Belgian artist Jan Fabre, at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín, Colombia, and the Tambo Quirquincho Museum, La Paz, Bolivia.
During 2005 and 2008 she was Coordinator of the Production and Programming Unit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Chile.
She also participated as co-curator and general producer of the exhibition Desde el Otro Sitio/Lugar at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2005); co-curator and producer of Correspondencias, at the Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, Germany (2002). And from 2010 to date, she is a member of the advisory board of Key Performance, in Sweden.
The book mentioned in the interview is Violeta Parra en el Wallmapu. Su encuentro con el mundo mapuche by Paula Miranda, Elisa Loncon, Allison Ramay.