“Lost and found” Series. Label. Image by Nicolas Grum 2019-20
The grand collections housed in European museums have always called my attention. They are not only an opportunity to get to know important pieces of our American culture, but also an aid in understanding their histories, shedding light on complex relationships between America and Europe from the colonial period until the present.
It should be noted that a large number of Latin American archaeological objects are found in European museum collections today. This fact represents a new form of colonialism, where the elements of one culture must be studied and analysed in institutions pertaining to other cultures. Paradoxically, it is often necessary to travel to Europe to research American cultures.
I have already contacted the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino of Santiago which is interested in contemporary art inspired by archaeological and anthropological collections.