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Centro Cultural La Moneda invites you to visit Libre Acceso. Espacio público contemporáneo en América Latina, an exhibition that addresses the relationship between architecture, public spaces and the city in Latin America through the presentation of diverse modern and contemporary projects.

Curated by FIG Projects, formed by Fabrizio Gallanti and Francisca Insulza, this exhibition seeks to shed light on the architectural tactics and urban projects whose objective is to create their own environments to accommodate collective life.

The exhibition refutes the sometimes simplistic image of Latin America as a vast territory of low occupation where the jungle, the pampas, the highlands and the desert seem to be the most striking elements. On the contrary, Latin America turns out to be the most urbanized area on the planet, with 80% of its inhabitants concentrated among its cities. Throughout their history, Latin American cities have been marked by transformation processes that have occurred almost simultaneously: from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial matrix imposed on pre-Columbian cities, to the internal migrations from the countryside, attempts at modernization and industrialization, the continuous increase in informality and inequality due to neoliberal processes, similar patterns seem to repeat throughout the region. Within the intensity of Latin American cities, the exhibition presents ways in which new collective places are born or how existing ones are transformed to provide shared and enriching experiences for their inhabitants. Libre Acceso. Espacio público contemporáneo en América Latina aims to make visible the commonalities and differences with which architectural strategies respond to citizen wishes to make spaces their own.

About the curators
  • Fabrizio Gallanti | Has extensive international experience in architectural design, teaching, publications and exhibitions. He holds a Ph.D. in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (2001) and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Genoa (1995). He is currently director of arc en rêve – centre d’architecture, in Bordeaux, France (2021).

He has taught architectural theory and project workshop classes in Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. He currently teaches at the Architectural Association in London. Between 2007 and 2011 he was architecture editor at Abitare magazine and editor-in-chief of the Abitare website.

From 2011 to 2014 he was Associate Director of Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada. In 2014 he was the first senior Mellon Fellow at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. His texts have appeared in specialized journals such as The Architectural Review, Domus, Interwoven, Journal of Architectural Ediucation and San Rocco. He is editor of the books “MCHAP – The Americas“, Actar / IIT (2018) and “Pan Scroll Zoom“, Drawing Matter (2021). He is the author of “Complicity and Contradiction in Architecture + Political Concrete”, ARQDocs (2022).

He curated the exhibitions “Alturas de Macchu Picchu – Siza y Chambi” at the CCA (2012) and “L’attente” at the Galerie de la Université du Québec à Montréal (2019), both in Montréal.

In 2003, Gallanti along with Francisca Insulza, formed FIG Projects, an architectural  research and project studio.

  • Francisca Insulza | Architect and urban planner with extensive experience in managing major international projects and initiatives in cultural, academic and professional fields. Insulza holds a Ph.D. in architectural history from the Politecnico di Torino and a master’s in architecture and Urbanism from the Berlage Institute. She received her degree in architecture from Universidad Central de Santiago de Chile. Specializing in research on territorial transformation and the representation of urban dynamics, she was a founding member of the multiplicity group and has participated in numerous collective and multidisciplinary projects combining research, exhibition and publication, including “USE – Uncertain States of Europe” (Arc en Reve, Bordeaux), Solid Sea (Documenta 11, Kassel), “Moscow Tales” (Strelka Institute, Moscow) and “Sao Paulo Calling” (San Paulo Cultural Center, Brazil).

In 2003, Insulza along with Fabrizio Gallanti, formed FIG Projects, an architectural research and project studio.

Currently, she serves as vice president of strategic growth of the International Economic Forum of the Americas – IEFA, a position in which she is responsible for creating new alliances and scaling business opportunities in order to generate international platforms for dialogue and economic development.

FIG Projects Architectural research and design studio, founded by Fabrizio Gallanti and Francisca Insulza in Santiago, Chile, in 2003. Currently, its headquarters are based in Montreal, Canada. FIG Projects has developed architectural projects School of Humanities and Arts, Universidad Diego Portales, with Claudio Magrini (2005), “Clarieres“, winning project of Europan 9 in Kristiansand, Norway (2006). The studio has curated exhibitions: “Su_RUT“, Gabriela Mistral Gallery, Santiago (2004), “Campo medio”, Archivo, Mexico City (2015), “The World in Our Eyes“, Lisbon Architecture Triennial (2016) and participated in group exhibitions in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, and the United States.

FIG Projects has been guest editor of A+U, for “Deep South” (2006) and Harvard Design Magazine, for “No Sweat” (2018).

FIG Projects’ Facebook page has over 100,000 followers and has become an international reference site for architectural interaction.

April 21 to August 6, 2023
Tuesday to Sunday | 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Pacífico Exhibition Hall | Level -3
Limited capacity
General admission: $2000
Students: $1000
Agreements: $1000

Friends of CCLM: Free access
Childrens under 12 years: Free access
People over 60 years: Free access
Tuesday and Sunday entry free upon reservation here

En el Arroyo Xicoténcatl Park, Tijuana, Mexico
Taller Capital, 2021
Photography: © Rafael Gamo