Managed in and from the Atacama Desert, SACO is an interdisciplinary project that links the visual arts with the ancestral cultures of the zone, sociology, ocean sciences, astronomy, history of the Andean high plateau, minerology, palaeontology, anthropology, philosophy and contemporary multiculturalism.
Exhibition with NON Berlin, Asia Contemporary Art Platform is an essay of selection and translation of an expanded experience, subordinated to the power of the desert landscape and climate, to a white cube during the German winter.
In an extensive territory devoted to the copper and lithium excavation industry and deprived of university art careers, museums, galleries or research centres, each year it creates a space for reflection and creation around a relevant theme both locally and internationally.
It has its own logic in terms of exploration and linkage with the territory, along with constant mediation with the educational and community environment. It accents the development of knowledge, critical thinking and collective responsibility. SACO presents the local and international art scene to the community through the poetics generated by the insertion of contemporary art in a public and popular space, where spontaneous encounters and an experience with art that is not predesigned take precedence.
The sixth version of the Contemporary Art Week proposed LOVE: decadence and resistance as its central theme, comprehending Latin America as the land of a syncretism of affections. 22 Latin American artists in 6 exhibitions and a diverse group of cultural agents, critics, journalists, sociologists, writers and curators from various countries, plus school students and visual arts professors from the region were invited to be part of this urban and outdoor territorial event, of the place and from no place.
For the Latin American call of SACO6, 287 projects from 17 countries were received. In times of crisis for affections and relationships, a moment of reflection on what is happening with the highest sentiment became a natural gesture of resistance.