Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende - MSSA in Santiago, Chile will be hosting the AFAC-supported exhibition Past Disquiet (Pasado Inquieto) from 6 April to 12 August 2018.
Curated by Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti, Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine” is an archival and documentary exhibition that revisits a recent but overlooked past of politically-engaged collecting and museographic practices, and their connections to the myriad manifestations of international solidarity in the arts, from the 1960s to the 1980s. The research on which the exhibition is based, stitches histories for long deemed separate, beginning with the “International Art Exhibition for Palestine”, the Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende (MIRSA), the “Artists Against/Contre Apartheid”, and the "Art for the People of Nicaragua" exhibitions respectively. Thus, this presentation of the research at the MSSA incarnates a homecoming. While the MSSA has written the history of its collection while in exile, “Past Disquiet” draws the maps of networks that mobilized artists who were involved in several, or all four collections presented as “museums in exile” until they were repatriated.
This is an exhibition of stories culled from memories, yellowed newspaper clippings, magazines and publications (most of which are no longer in circulation), pamphlets from revolutions that have lost their fervor, and photographs stored in boxes that had not been opened in decades. “Past Disquiet” begins with Palestine in Beirut and travels the world, to Paris, Rome, Rabat, Baghdad, Tokyo, Venice, Santiago de Chile, Cape Town, back and forth, tracking a thousand and one stories of artists and militants: visionaries and dreamers who organized their own exhibitions, intervened in public space, and imagined museums that incarnated the causes they were fighting for. They were museums without walls, “in exile,” or in solidarity with a cause, comprised of donations from artists and presented in the form of itinerant exhibitions destined to travel the world until the historic change they were fighting for became real. The “International Art Exhibition for Palestine,” like the Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende, the “Art Contre/Against Apartheid” exhibition, and "Art for the People of Nicaragua" began with artists who believed that art is at the heart of everyday life–in streets, cities, schools, and homes, at the herald of political change–and with militants who believed that political change is impossible to imagine without artists.
Khouri and Salti will also be giving a public talk on Monday 9 April at 7:00 PM in Federico Garcia Lorca Hall in MSSA.