press release

SITE Santa Fe Biennial 1999
3rd International SITE Santa Fe Biennial "LOOKING FOR A PLACE".
Kurator: Rosa Martinez
Organisation: SITE Santa Fe

Helena Almeida, Ghada Amer, Janine Antoni, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Tania Bruguera, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lygia Clark, Diller & Scofidio, Dr. Galentin Gatev, Greenpeace , Yolanda Gutiérrez, Mona Hatoum, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Carsten Höller, Simone Aaberg Kaern, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Nikos Navridis, Shirin Neshat, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, Pipilotti Rist, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Bülent Sangar, Arsen Savadov & Georgy Senchenko, Charlene Teters, Sergio Vega, Miwa Yanagi

The exhibition, LOOKING FOR A PLACE, sets out to translate the emotion of time and place and to assert that in each corner of the planet there is a universe. The project seeks to reinforce the confluence between nature, science and cultural cross-fertilization. Martínez states, "While the past was considered to be the source of all knowledge and Western reason regarded as the sole truth, today art feels the need to break out of its straitjacket, explore uncharted lands and fashion new possibilities of thought based on the synchronicity of the present."

The biennial features works by 30 artists whom Martínez views as being interpreters of a rapidly changing world. They represent many countries and thematic as well as stylistic approaches, including installation, video, interactive works, performance, scientific explorations, aesthetics/politics, travel studies, feminist art, and ecological art. In addition, SITE Santa Fe is offering intensive educational and parallel programs designed around the biennial for a variety of participants.

"I strongly believe that Santa Fe is the perfect environment to present an exhibition aimed at establishing a fruitful dialogue with contemporary international art currents," reflects Martínez. "SITE Santa Fe has stepped into the international arena and become a magnet drawing the attention of both the public and critics, and Santa Fe's geographical, sociological and cultural hallmarks make it a privileged place for tackling some of the issues facing the world today."