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Elián Chali, curator of the Mercado de Arte: my desire is to mix two worlds that are rejected News instantly from LAVOZ.com.ar

Elián Chali, curator of the Mercado de Arte: my desire is to mix two worlds that are rejected News instantly from LAVOZ.com.ar

In his visit to the Córdoba Art Market last year, Elián Chali says he was followed closely by a policeman. A few months later, the artist received the proposal to be the next general curator of the event.

In this double movement, the dissident aura and the central weight in the local culture that Elián embodies are defined: a young reference of international projection with his abstract and colorful hand Street art -The invitation of the City Council was born between the opening of his first solo exhibition in Berlin and a trip to the United States-, the artist has moved from introducing a local booklet to road graffiti for build a stamp on the walls of the world, always with a virtuous aesthetic-political action that ponders self-management and self-learning.

Today Elián takes on the challenge of committing itself to the environment by leading the state, intervening in the curation of the sixth Art Market (now abbreviated MAC) from the "Gender, Territory and Production" axes.

With the notion of "cross germination" as a premise, Elián horizontally delegates his criteria to different people responsible for the "zones" of the fair (Crespo, Bonino, Liberada y Editada as well as Ágora, Cineclub, Collections Dialogue, Artistic Mediation, Public Prize Art and the catalog of books), at the same time puts the emphasis on the combination of spaces and agents that usually do not touch in a mega space where you will insert luxury galleries and radical activists.

The activities of content, among which the actions and the dissertations stand out are Elián's strong commitment to the commercial dimension. "You can not cure what has no life, so I suggest that instead of trying to heal the dead, it injects us with existence," he proposes in his curatorial text.

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