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Roberto Merino / Carlos Bogni

The exhibition presents a selection of photographs by Carlos Bogni and texts by Roberto Merino that can be seen both as a unit and as a whole. The pop and the sophisticated intersect in this exhibition, presenting the sharpness of the artist´s eye, photographer and graphic designer, with the words of the poet, essayist and chronicler, resulting in the combination of text and photo in a non-linear narrative that accompany each other in a particular disunity, which is expressed by being together.

The title of the exhibition refers to the text “La Nueva Novela” (1977) by the Chilean poet Juan Luis Martínez, a referent in Bogni’s work. The presentation text of the exhibition, titled Siete, is by Federico Galende, who opens his story by assuring that photography “is the means of transportation in which the absent travel”.

Galende describes the exhibition as “everything that opposes the family album: the images of those who have suffered uprooting are superimposed, the words of those who miss themselves in writing are brought together.” Daily life is shown here, non-specific places, backstage scenes and characters that once motivated Bogni’s eye and inspired Merino’s words.

 

Carlos Bogni (1957)
Curator and author of the photographs

Bogni is a visual artist. He studied Art with a major in Painting at Universidad de Chile between 1976 and 1984. He participated in various literary workshops from the end of the seventies and the beginning of the nineties. Among these, the workshops by Nicanor Parra and the writer and theorist Ronald Kay, which were both located in the Department of Humanistic Studies of the Faculty of Engineering of Universidad de Chile, stood out.

Between 1981 and 1984 he worked as pro bono assistant professor of the Painting and Drawing classes with the artist Gonzalo Díaz at the art faculty of University of Chile. In 1985 he worked as an Art Theory professor of at the CIDEC Institute. Throughout his career, he has carried out curatorial work and both individual and group exhibitions. Some of his individual exhibitions that stand out are: “Vía Rupta” (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1994), “Trafico de influencias” (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 2004); “Quién como Dios” (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, 2013), “Carlos Bogni” (MAM Chiloé, 2014) and “Last work from New York” (MAM Chiloé, 2015).

In the nineties he migrated to New York, where he lived for ten years. There, apart from surviving by carrying out multiple trades, he maintained his plastic work, generating a wide production of digitized collages, large-format oil paintings and a record of close to 20,000 photographic shots.

In 2021, Federico Galende publishes Retrato del artista como samurái, a text that combines sketches of Carlos Bogni’s biography with fiction.


Roberto Merino (1961)
Author of the texts that come with the photographs

Merino is a writer with studies in journalism. He studied literature at Universidad de Chile, graduating in 1984. He worked at Hoy magazine, later at Apsi and then at Don Balón. In the year 1995, he was already writing columns, a practice that he maintains up to this day. In addition, he has collaborated in the magazines Gourmet, La Nación, Fibra and Paula. As a journalist, he has worked in different genres, such as interviews, reviews, editorial (Patagonia, El Metropolitano) and chronicles (Las Últimas Noticias and El Mercurio).

Some of his chronicle books that stand out are: En busca del loro atrofiado (2005, Chilean Academy of Language Award), Todo Santiago (2012, Santiago Municipal Award), Pista resbaladiza (2014), Por las ramas (2018) and Puentes levadizos ( 2021). Por su parte, Luces de reconocimiento (2008) and Linh. Ensayos biográficos (2016) and Combustión (2022) are literary essays. He has also written poetry books such as Melancolía artificial (1997) and Transmigración (1981). Among his compilation works, the volumes of chronicles and columns by Joaquín Edwards Bello and Antología del humor literario chileno (2002) stand out.

He founded the publishing house Carlos Porter, which published, among other authors, Claudio Bertoni. Currently, he is professor at the Faculty of Communication and Letters of the university Diego Portales.

Directions | by subway: La Moneda station. CCLM has pedestrian entrances on Morandé and Teatinos streets, bike parking inside the cultural centre (level -1) and private SABA parking lots with access exclusively through Teatinos street: open Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. fare from $2,800/hour | Weekends flat rate: $4,500 all day.

Mobility Pass | In accordance with current health regulations attendees over 15 years of age must present their mobility pass at the entrance of the cultural centre. People without a mobility pass will only be able to attend on Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and on Thursdays between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All of the above as indicated by the health authority within the framework of the Step-by-Step plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinates
March 31 to June 5 | 2022
Tuesday to Sunday | 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Photography Gallery | Level -3
Free admission | Limited capacity

MOBILITY PASS | Attendees older than 15 years of age must present their mobility pass at the entrance to the cultural centre in accordance with current health regulations. People without a mobility pass will only be able to attend on Tuesdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and on Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. All of the above in accordance with the provisions of the health authority within the framework of the Step by Step plan.


Photography © Carlos Bogni

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