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ALEX MORA MAPUBABY

I would always qualify my artistic work as "Political", because for me the work of the artist ist that of one constantly bearing witness to developments in current affairs, political or social tendencies, and influences with which the artist interacts and incorporates into his work in a critical manner.

Attitudes towards politics and political positions are individual and derived out of an area's biographical, political and social environment.

For me it is surely the traumatic memory of the Chilean military dictatorship with its oppression of political and ethnic minorities during my complete childhood that shaped my political stance until this day.

The curtailment of freedom and universal human rights sensitized my awareness for these matters. After the end of the military dictatorship Chilean society was to realised that it had exchanged one dictatorship for another disguised under the cloak for democracy. In the structures of the new power apparatus little had been changed.

It was this disappointment that persuaded me to confront and deal with the "Concept of Decolonization". My first artistic studies began in Chile at the Art Academy in Valparaiso. It was a more traditional and conservativve form of art study at the time, as even until today in Chile and the whole of Latin America the Performance Arts are not recognized or acknowledged. Therefore they take place undergound. The Performance and Action Art is predominantly political in the sense that it denounces social grievances and injusices inflicted on modern society.

An important aspect here is the wave of critic directed at the remaining colonial structures in today's society and the oppression of minorities associated with it (Concept of decolonization), explotation of our natural resources, political instability ant the new form of class society.
Also, injustices in the globalization process as well as the predominant neo-liberal economic model are focused upon here in my work.