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Wanderlust at the heart of 2014 Site Santa Fe biennial

New Mexico exhibition gives a peek at next year’s artists’ projects

Andrea Bowers, Jason Middlebrook and Gianfranco Foschino will be included in the next Site Santa Fe biennial, which returns to New Mexico in July 2014 after a four-year hiatus. “Unsettled Landscapes”, the first in Site’s revived six-year commitment of biennial exhibitions devoted to art of the Americas, includes work by more than 40 artists spanning three generations and 15 countries.

The event’s four curators commissioned a number of new works that directly respond to the exhibition’s themes of landscape, territory and trade. A 14-channel black-and-white video installation by the late Chilean artist Juan Downey documents his travels from New York to Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. The Bahamian artist Blue Curry plans to set up a live web-cam feed of a harbour in the Bahamas where cruise ships dock daily.

According to the exhibition’s co-curator Irene Hofmann, Unsettled Landscape’s theme developed organically: “Artists from all over the Americas were exploring issues related to economies derived from the land, movement across the land and representations of the land,” she says. The full list of participating artists is scheduled to be released in February 2014.

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