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Voluspa Jarpa

(Chile, 1971) Since 1994, Voluspa Jarpa has maintained an extensive artistic production, participating in collective and individual exhibitions in Chile and abroad. Her work has explored vast research and artworks which explore the nature of the archive, the memory, and the cultural and symbolic notion of social trauma. This research has focused on the Cold War in Latin America through the commissioning and revision of intelligence documents on Latin America declassified by the USA in recent decades. The implication of secrecy as the modus operandi of politics, its effects in the psyche, as well as the exploration of ways to free us from those structures, are the main concerns of her recent works and research.

In 1994, presents the Mural Painting / El sitio de Rancagua [The Rancagua Siege]. Also participates in the following biennales: 1996 Habana-Cuba Biennale, “El individuo y su Memoria” with the artwork Santiago- La Habana- Wastelands Series; 2003 Shanghai – China Biennale with N11 Project; 2011 8th Mercosur Biennale, “Geopoéticas”, with the Non-History, and the 12th Istambul Biennale, “Untitled”, with the work the No history’s Library. In 2014 participates in the 31st São Paulo Biennale, “Como… coisas que nâo existem”, with the works Histórias de Aprendizajem [Learning Histories] which itinerates at the Serralves Museun at Porto-Portugal in 2015. In 2018, participates in the 12th Shanghai Biennale, “Proregress”, curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, with the piece Monumental.

Among the most outstanding international solo exhibitions are: 1996 Out of Frame, Gate Foundation, Amsterdam-Holland. In 2000, presented the exhibition First Person Plural at Canvas International Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In both, she develops her research around the city, the wastelands as a metaphor for the erased history in the cities and the collective identity. In 2006, she received the “Young Art Award”, from the Museum of Visual Arts of Santiago. Later, in 2008, she received the “Prize of the Circle of Art Critics of Santiago” for the work Plaga [Plague], which conceptualizes the language of hysteria and ends with the presentation of the work L ́Effect Charcot, at the Maison de l ́Amerique Latine, in 2010. In 2011 she developed the work La biblioteca de la No-Historia [No History’s Library], where she works with the declassified files on Chile from the US Intelligence agencies and then on Latin America. This work has been presented between 2011 and 2016, with different formulations, at the KunstMuseum in Bern-Switzerland, in Istanbul-Turkey, in Toulouse-France, at MigrosMuseum in Zürich, Switzerland and in Porto Alegre-Brazil.

In 2016, she presented the individual site-specific exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), En Nuestra Pequeña Región de por Acá [In Our Little Region Around Here], which is presented again at the Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago de Chile in 2017; the same year she presents the exhibition Waking State in Paris. Subsequently, in 2019, she exhibits Altered Views, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, in the Chilean pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Among the recognitions received, we may highlight the Illy Prize, received at the International Art Fair of Madrid, Arco in 2012, for the work Minimal Secret and in 2014 she was a runner up of the Prix Meurice de Paris. In 2016, Voluspa Jarpa was recognized by Universidad Católica de Chile with the Award for “Excellence in Artistic Creation” and in 2020 she was distinguished with the “Julius Baer Award to Latin American Artists” for the work Sindemia, curated by Eugenio Viola and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá (MAMBO) in 2021. That same year, she presented the work Sindemic Studies, curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto, at NOME gallery in Berlin and later participated in ARCOmadrid 2022 together with the same gallery.

Her artworks are in important collections, including MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; LARA Foundation, Singapore; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, United States; Rabobank Collection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Museum of Visual Arts and Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA.

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Galería Patricia Ready

Mor Charpentier Galerie

NOME Gallery

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Individual expositions

  • 2021 Syndemic Studies, Galería NOME, Alemania.
  • 2020 Miradas Alteradas (Altered Views), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2019 Miradas Alteradas (Altered Views), 58ª Bienal de Venecia, Venecia, Italia.
  • 2018 Monumental, 12° Bienal de Shanghái, Shanghái, China.
  • 2016 Nuestra pequeña región de por acá, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2016 Nuestra pequeña región de por acá, utopías/distopías, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2012 Minimal Secret, Solo Projects: Focus Latinoamérica, Feria ARCO, Madrid, España.
  • 2011 Monumento eriazo, Centro de Extensión de la Universidad de Concepción, Chillán, Chile.
  • 2010 Salpetrière, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Valdivia, Valdivia, Chile.
  • 2010 L´Effet Charcot, Maison de l`Amerique Latine, París, Francia.
  • 2009 Alfredo Puelma y Voluspa Jarpa: Marchand d’ Esclaves, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2009-2010 Síntomas de la Historia, Biblioteca Nacional, Santiago, Chile y Biblioteca Nacional de Perú, Lima, Perú.
  • 2008 Plaga, Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2005 Desclasificado, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Temuco, Chile.
  • 2002 Histeria privada/Historia pública, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000 First Person Plural, Canvas International Art, Ámsterdam, Holanda.
  • 1997 Voluspa Jarpa – pintura y objetos (La silla de Kosuth), Galería Posada del Corregidor, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1997 Out of Frame, Galería Gate Foundation, Ámsterdam, Holanda.
  • 1996 In situ, Galería Aníbal Pinto, Temuco, Chile.

Group expositions

  • 2021 This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria.
  • 2017 El bien común, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2016 Una imagen llamada palabra, Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2015 Resistance Performed. Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Systems in Latin America, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Suiza.
  • 2015 Grado cero, 10 años de arte contemporáneo chileno, Centro de las Artes 660 Itaú-Corpbanca, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2015 Co/lección de pintura, prácticas pictóricas desde la Escuela de Arte UC, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2015 Como (…) coisas que não existem. Uma exposição a partir da 31 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2014-2015 Diálogos de reconocimiento, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Valdivia y Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2014 31 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • 2014 Geografías. Colección de arte CCU, Sala de Arte CCU, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2013-2012 Historias desde la bruma: ficciones de una desaparición, Museo de la Solidaridad. Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile 2012 Printemps de Septembre- L’histoire est à moi, l’Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse, Toulouse, Francia.
  • 2011 XII Bienal de Estambul, Estambul, Turquía.
  • 2011 VIII Bienal del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
  • 2009 Mujer, arte y compromiso. Visibilizando la solidaridad de las artistas del mundo, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2009 Dislocación, Kunstmuseum de Berna, Berna, Suiza. La muestra se presentó posteriormente en Chile, en diferentes espacios.
  • 2008 Esto no es una exposición de género, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2006 Re-descubriendo máscaras, Galería Isabel Aninat, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2006 Concurso artistas siglo XXI, Centro de Extensión de la Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2005-2006 Arte contemporáneo: Chile. Desde el otro sitio/lugar- Chilean Contemporary Art: From the Other Side/Site, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile y Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Corea, Seúl, Corea.
  • 2005 Residencia en el valle, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2005 Mímesis: nuevo realismo, Galería de Arte Cecilia Palma, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2005 Marcando el tiempo/Marking Time, 1995-2005. Contemporary Art from Chile, Blanton Museum of Art, Universidad de Texas, Austin, Estados Unidos.
  • 2004 Sin miedo ni esperanza, Museo Regional de Ancud, Ancud, Chile.
  • 2004 Frontal. Diez artistas chilenas contemporáneas, Espacio Arteabierto Fundación BankBoston, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2003 Cambio de aceite: pintura chilena contemporánea, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2002 La Conquista del sur, Voluspa Jarpa y Demian Schopf, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2001 Variaciones sobre Giotto, Pollock y Close, Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2001 Proyecto de Intervención en el Espacio Público, A Escala, Valparaíso, Chile.
  • 2001 Informe – Balmes + Jarpa, Galería Posada del Corregidor, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2001 III Bienal del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
  • 2001 Civitas Dei: Jarpa-Díaz-Castro, Galería Balmaceda 1215, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000-1999 Chile: Austria ein kunstlerischer dialog, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, Landesgalerie, Oberoesterreich, Linz, Austria y Kärntner Landesgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria.
  • 2000 Grandes paños, Galería Muro Sur Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000 El lugar sin límites: arte contemporáneo de Chile, Museo de Bellas Artes de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, México; Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Perú; Museo del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay y Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 2000 Clash, Galería Canvas International Art, Ámsterdam, Holanda.
  • 1999 Artes visuales chilenas, Festival Winterlude, Ottawa, Canadá.
  • 1999 El genio de La Bastilla-Le Génie de la Bastille, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1999 Colección particular, Muro Sur Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1998 VII Símbolos del tiempo, Galería Carl Davis, Ottawa, Canadá.
  • 1998 Femenino plural. Artistas latinoamericanas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1998 Bengoa. Jarpa. Merino. Notas al margen I, Galería Balmaceda 1215, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1997 VI Bienal de La Habana, Convento de Santa Clara, La Habana, Cuba.
  • 1997 Prospect and Perspective: Recent Art from Chile, Museo de Arte de San Antonio, Texas, Estados Unidos.
  • 1997 Arte joven en Chile (1986 – 1996), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1996 Primer Encuentro Cultural Chile- Brasil, Museo de Arte Moderno de Salvador, Bahía, Brasil.
  • 1996 Primer Concurso Nacional de Plástica, Concepción, Chile.
  • 1995 III Bienal Premio Gunther, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1995 El Jardín de las delicias, Voluspa Jarpa /Duración indefinida, Gregorio Papic, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1994 Proyecto mural: El sitio de Rancagua, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1993 Generación noventa, Instituto Nacional de la Juventud, Santiago, Chile.
  • 1992 Alumnos artistas IV, Galería Plástica Nueva, Santiago, Chile.
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About the Studio

Voluspa Jarpa Studio was created in 2015 by Chilean artist Voluspa Jarpa to produce and manage her artwork and exhibitions, both in Chile and abroad. It focuses on the development of Visual Arts projects, and its activities have their origin in creativity, skills, and talent, with a high component of innovation and creation of contemporary languages and narratives from art.

Voluspa Jarpa Studio is dedicated to the design, production, consultancy, and development of artistic projects for educational, intellectual, exhibition, institutional and heritage spaces. The artistic career of Voluspa Jarpa, characterized by the generation of critical thinking on contemporary time, is the focus and collaboration to which the study is devoted. This reflects in her artwork and has led her to obtain wide recognition both nationally and internationally. The artwork and thought produced at Voluspa Jarpa Studio are unique with high material quality and conceptual clarity.


1.- Design and production of artistic projects for institutional, exhibition and heritage spaces, based on exclusive and unique intellectual capital, cultural, creative, and commercial value contents.

2.- Design and production of contemporary artwork. It involves the generation of ideas and knowledge present in the processes of contemporary art, particularly multidisciplinary work (architecture, complex three-dimensional installations, assemblies that can be formed by hand-made or industrially made pieces, video installations, objectual, two-dimensional or virtual devices, made in various supports and materials.)

3.- Generation and circulation of contemporary artwork. Distinguished because their objective is the production of knowledge, with parts and material supports indifferent to their commercial value, and only materialize when all the elements are placed according to the instructions of the creative ideas exported. The fundamental feature of this export service is that its value is based on the creative motif and its meaning, beyond the cultural, economic, and social return.


Voluspa Jarpa – Artist

Edmundo Browne – Architect

María Teresa de la Fuente – Project Director

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Work stages

0.- Creation and design of the artwork concept or statement by Voluspa Jarpa

1.- Study of research background and architectural survey

2.- Development of spatial and museographic proposal

3.- Elaboration of 3D models and visualization images

4.- Development of planimetry, construction details and assembly plans

5.- Production management, coordination, and supervision

6.- Coordination and mediation with lighting and assembly specialists

7.- Management and supervision for the different forms of circulation of proposals.

8.- Assembly supervision

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