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Public art replacement on the Mapocho River:: erasure, renewal, and a conflict of cultural value in Santiago de Chile

Morrison, Chandra (2020) Public art replacement on the Mapocho River:: erasure, renewal, and a conflict of cultural value in Santiago de Chile. Space and Culture, 23 (2). 149 - 163. ISSN 1206-3312

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1206331218770782

Abstract

On January 18, 2011, the Museo Arte de Luz opened along Santiago’s Mapocho River. Developed by artist Catalina Rojas and the Santiago municipal government to mark Chile’s 2010 bicentenary, the light-art museum proposed to revitalize the river as a public space by converging heritage, contemporary art, and citizenship. Yet controversy lurked behind the newly gleaming lights: museum preparations included the erasure of several large graffiti murals painted along the canal walls. This article examines how the installation of the Museo Arte de Luz systematically removed graffiti muralism from the Mapocho River, drawing out deeper cultural tensions entangled in this aesthetic dispute. It analyses three interconnected discourses about the museum’s desired impact on the river—environmental regeneration, historical restoration, and symbolic recuperation—to illustrate how the erasure corresponds to official narratives of renewal. Ultimately, through its contradictions, this public art replacement raises important questions about public authority and cultural value in Chile.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/sac
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: IGA: Latin America and Caribbean Centre
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Sets: Research centres and groups > Latin American and Carribean Centre
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 11:49
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84441

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