Santos Chávez Alister Carinao (1934 - 2001)

Siguiendo un astro (1968)
Following a Star

Linocut on paper
height: 35cm
width: 39cm

On loan from Ruby Reid Thompson


Santos Chávez Alister Carinao joined Taller 99 at Nemesio Antunez’s invitation in 1961, where he was assistant to Delia Del Carril and a contemporary of printmakers including Jaime Cruz, Dionora Doudchittsky and Eduardo Vilches. Like much of his work, Siguiendo un astro may refer to the artist’s indigenous Mapuche heritage. The linocut features a number of motifs including the moon, which for the Mapuche is Kuyén, wife of Antú, the sun and creator spirit. Encouraged by Kuyén, Antú turned a star into a wife for their son and together they filled the world with plants, birds and butterflies. Siguiendo un astro may refer to this or related accounts from Mapuche mythology.

(Display caption from the exhibition Southern Press: Prints from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile, firstsite, 2011-2012)

Ian Dudley, 2011

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