Santiago, Chile visit (PART ONE)…

In June, I traveled to Santiago, Chile with Artists Image Resource Director Bob Beckman.

The visit was coordinated by Arts Midwest, who is funding a cultural exchange project between AIR and the Chilean press Taller 99. We spent a week in Santiago and Valparaiso seeing museums, printshops, meeting artists and getting a sense of what Chile can offer American printmakers for future residencies.

The next few posts will concentrate on different aspects of our visit. I would like to give a big thank you to Arts Midwest CEO and President David Fraher for setting this entire exchange up and AIR Director Robert Beckman for asking me to help organize this project.

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Santiago is a beautiful, contemporary, and sprawling city of about 5 million people. This is a view of the financial sector of the city, with the new Gran Torre Santiago tower on the right.

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Santiago has very contemporary, but also fairly eclectic architecture.

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Santiago is a very inviting and walking friendly city. My favorite thing to do in the morning after coffee was walk around and take pictures of the city.

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The city is nestled in a valley between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range Mountains to the west.

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Because the city is in a valley, the smog can be pretty bad at times. But on clear days, you can see the mountains on all sides of the city.

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Just right outside of downtown, there is a great river/sculpture walk along the Mapocho River.

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There is also LOTS of graffiti along the river bank, and in other parts of the country. Most of it was excellent.

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The country is still dealing with the aftermath of the Pinochet coup. When we were visiting, there were many protests by students and teachers.

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And yet, at the same time the 2015 COPA America tournament was being held in Chile. Our hotel was a hot spot for Colombian fans.

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And what trip would be complete without some comics. “Avengers”, a comic about the observatories at the Atacama desert and “Cone” a well known Chilean comic…

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