On the occasion of the Venice Biennale, Spain chooses to revisit the concept of the museum through a provocative work: the "Pinacoteca Migrante".

The project, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio and signed by the artist Sandra Gamarra Heshiki, will transform the national pavilion into a museum never seen before, where Migration in all its facets is at the center of everything.

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A story contained in five rooms, which will lead to the garden, and which will make use of different genres of classical painting.

For the occasion, the Hispano-Peruvian Gamarra Heshiki, who lives and has her laboratory just outside the center of Madrid, reinvents the Western concept of art gallery, exposing a series of historically hidden narratives.

All this by exploiting precisely those paintings of the national heritage of the Spanish art collections which have contributed to fueling the official history by concealing those realities and those characters that books and institutions have guiltyly chosen to omit, to forget.

The Spanish Pavilion, commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (AECID) and Acción Cultural Española, will thus be transformed into an art gallery with a revolutionary perspective. Each room will be dedicated to a specific theme, ranging from the virgin earth to the cabinet of extinction, from illustrated racism to mestizo masks.

Through a series of works, Heshiki will analyze the enormous range of distorted representations between colonizers and colonized, intertwining sociology, politics, art history and biology.

But it won't just be an exhibition of paintings on canvas:the Migrant Garden, the last step of the journey, will occupy the central open space of the Pavilion and will offer a counter-narrative of the historical museum through twelve painted copies of monuments symbolic of Spanish colonial history. Twelve monuments that aim to shine a light on those who were forced to move away from their homeland despite themselves.

The project is undoubtedly audacious and, according to Pérez Rubio, curator of the Chilean Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, aims to rewrite the rules of space contemporary exhibition, exploring very current themes such as racism, migration and extractivism.

More than works of art, those of the artist originally from Lima are in fact denouncements of historical injustices and inequalities of the present.
“"Pinacoteca Migrante" - the curator always says - is more than an art exhibition, it is an immersive experience thanks to which the visitor will have the opportunity to reflect on the past and the present, on identities and power relations. It is an invitation to reconsider the role and responsibility of cultural institutions in the contemporary world."