Labor is pleased to announce “There Is No Paradise Without Snakes”, the first individual exhibition by 34-year-old Chilean artist, Claudia Gutiérrez Marfull. A show that completes her double project, the first part of which has just been presented by AFA gallery during Gallery Weekend Santiago (“There Is No Sky Without Clouds”) and for which she was chosen as the best emerging artist.
The use of proverbs to title her exhibitions is already an indicator of the artist's willingness to flee from art as an institution and to vindicate the relegated, the despised, the secondary or the discarded and -at the same time- embrace the simplicity of the popular, the craft that escapes techno-industrial dictation, joy and beauty. There is no sky without clouds, nor paradise without snakes makes reference to the lack of absolute happiness- pointing out that everything has both joy and sadness.
These two exhibitions were comprised by the representation of the peripheric landscape through the technique of embroidery and textile- areas commonly neglected by the establishment and which the media only makes visible to stain with the stigma of marginality and violence, without taking into account that people who inhabit these spaces are the ones who allow the wealth of the urban center with their hard work, and who have to alleviate their precariousness by weaving generous networks of solidarity.