Sila Chanto (1969-2015) was a Costa Rican artist and poet. Although working in dialogue with architecture, memory, language, history or landscape, the prime subject that Chanto returned to most insistently was the body, and its emotional and political boundaries – in an attempt to comprehend human nature and power relations in everyday life. For her, art became a means to prompt emotional, physical and mental forms of exchange. Her work explored the (im)possibility of cohabitation, the limits of communication, illness and death, female eroticism, bonds between animals and humans, amongst many other issues that interrogated extant social structures. This exhibition is the first curatorial overview of her work since her early passing in 2015. Instead of a retrospective approach, it seeks to bring together the multiple languages, media and rapports of scale that she assumed in her work.
Curation: Miguel A. López