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Matadero Textil

Year 2015

Technique Assembly of cotton bags, mixed textile, iron hooks, debris and pigment.

Dimention Variable


-2015, Group Exhibition "Placer". Work carried out at the residence of 6 months of collective Arsfactus in Factoría Arte Santa Rosa, Barrio Franklin, Santiago, Chile.

-2016, # 15 International Triennial of Textile Art in Muzeum Włókiennictwa Centrale, Łódź, Poland.

-2018, National Sculpture Biennial, From the sculptural Memory, Contemporary Art Center Cerrillos, Santiago, Chile, Curator: Ernesto Muñoz.

-2019 Exhibition "Historias de Hilo" MAC Valdivia, Chile, Curator: Justo Pastor Mellado

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Concept work

White sacks and buried in dirt. 

Then they become tied bundles, resembling  faint body parts wrapped in her shroud.

Acts of effort, containment and vomiting. Hopes tied to a matter that die in his hang time as reflections then reborn in the beauty of doing.


Description Exposure 

Residencia Factoría Santa Rosa, Franklin (2015):

Slaughterhouse-Franklin neighborhood of Santiago was formed in 1847 with the installation and distribution of meat. 1900 slatterhouse men, for their work in Cutlers, were seen as troublemakers and insensitive to others' pain. They were crowded and under poor conditions of hygiene, bathed by the Zanjón de la Aguada, with unhealthy waters epidemics expanding to the rest of the city. In the early twentieth century there were some state initiatives to change this situation. Workshops and industries, which, by the closeness to the Slatterhouse,  were dedicated to the heading of the tanneries, textile and footwear were established. Thus it was born the great Musalem Textile Factory.

Since mid-century, with the end of the slatterhouse, these vast storehouses were fit for haggling. Thus the Persian Market became one of the most important commercial centers of Santiago.

From March to August 2015 I was in an artistic residence (“Anexo Placer”) "Annex Pleasure" in the Ex Musalem Textile Factory. Along the collective Arsfactus (10 women artists) each was doing monumental works related to the Franklin neighborhood, its history and present.

The work "Textile Slaughterhouse" is an approach to pain, meat, diseases and sadness, those feelings and those stories of so many butchers, since children dipped their feet in blood and passion while playing in the iconic warehouses of Franklin Neighborhood. The lives of whose efforts fed an entire city and are remembered and only under these thick walls. Then mothers cleaned and gave warmth with their textile work at the same place. Women with their sewing machines breathed the same air that tries to heal and beautify these bags.

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Description Exposure 

Łódź, Pololand (2016):

The work done took greater importance in it´s etinerancia in the # 15 International Textile Art Triennial at the Centrale Muzeum Włókiennictwa, Łódź, Poland from May to October 2016.

Being exposed in such a bombed and  hurt country as Poland is significant. Constant invasions, the Ghetto and the Warsaw Uprising, the horrible Nazi concentration camps and slaughter, and the harsh Soviet rule: Prussians, Nazis, Swedes, Austrians, Hungarians, Turks, Soviet ... Achieves only be free and peaceful from the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Łódź is the second largest city in Poland, after Warsaw, and located 120 km southeast of this. Łódź's history is closely linked to the development of the textile industry. 

Many locals made fortunes in the production of fabrics and trade, thus contributing to the development of Łódź. There is a tourist route showing some of the historic sites associated with the industrial origin of Łódź.

Thus, it becomes even more symbolic to  think that the work was “Matadero Textil” was exhibited within the Centrale Muzeum Włókiennictwa: which, like the warehouse of the former textile factory Musalem was a textile factory.  The White factory was owned by Ludwik Geyer, one of the most famous entrepreneurs of the 19th century in Łódź. Today it houses the Central Museum of Textiles, the largest textile museum in the city.

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Description Exposure 

Bienal Nacional de Escultura, Desde la Memoria Escultórica, Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos. Chile. (2018).


-Exhibition Historias de Hilo, Mac Valdivia, Chile. (2019):

"The exhibition is titled TALES of  THREAD and brings together artists that have been characterized by placing their work in the Chilean art scene, practicing various media, ranging from graphic to the facilities, to the textile sculptures.

Put that way, it is not possible to get an idea of ​​what this means, in the symbolic field and in the artistic field.

Artistically, these stories take shape through the materiality of the threads. This is the case when the embroidery thread is taken and it does replace the graphic strokes that can be obtained by using a pencil or a brush. Also, how the threds of a fabric and is constituted as an object itself, which represents only the technical history of it´s making. Or, in the way a package, having a given density, which makes it resemble a faint body, wrapped in it’s shroud is tied. "

Justo Pastor Mellado, Curator.

Art critic.

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