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No se me quita lo naco, Gabriel Chaile in Meridiano, Puerto Escondido

Until February, Meridano, in Puerto Escondido, hosts the exhibition: No se me quit lo naco, a new installation by the Tucumán artist Gabriel Chaile that follows the development of the artist’s recent sculptural representations at the Venice Biennale, the New Museum Triennial and Studio Voltaire.

Through the synthesis of sculptural and social practices, Gabriel Chaile creates community spaces where material histories, cultural heritage, and contemporary life interact. Known for his large-scale anthropomorphic sculptures created from clay and adobe, Chaile engages with the archaeological and ethnographic narratives present in traditional ceramic objects throughout the northwestern region of his native Argentina. Referencing pre-Columbian vessels used for nurturing and gathering, such as clay pots and ovens, Chaile shows how the visual accumulation of objects that have survived to this day embody a symbol of resistance to colonial legacies of erosion and oppression.

Composed of a single monumental piece that activates both the internal and external structures of Meridiano, Chaile presents his first bi-chromatic sculpture for this exhibition- a response that dialogues with the space and that was created in conjunction with local artisans. Chaile uses clay with black pigment, extracted from the soil of Agua Zarca, a town on the Oaxacan coast, using long family tradition practices, and white Mexican lime, used in traditional practices such as cooking and whitewashing building facades. The new sculpture marks an aesthetic departure from the artist’s signature terracotta surfaces, in line with Meridiano’s mission of inviting artists to use the unique space as an opportunity to experiment.

Meridiano is located on the coast of Oaxaca, in Puerto Escondido, and offers a canvas for long-term exhibitions designed specifically for the space. Founded by Nicholas Olney and Boris Vervoordt on principles of dialogue and exchange, the space is part of a community that nests different artistic destinations in the area. Its remote location gives artists the opportunity to experiment far from the commercial epicenters of the artistic universe, where many work or reside. Presenting an exhibition in Meridiano can imply an evolution in artistic practice since local and commonly used materials are incorporated in the production of the pieces, likewise, the landscape of the region itself is a source of inspiration in the creative process.


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