Gabriel Chaile: Patricia

Year 2020
Spanish/English Bilingual Edition
Text: Laura Hakel
Graphic design: Pablo Alarcón and Alberto Scotti (Studio Cerúleo)
Translation: Kit Maude
Photography: Viviana Gil


84 pages
Format: 20 25 cm
ISBN 978-987-1358-76-2-


This publication presents an overview of the past ten years of Gabriel Chaile’s artistic career,
from some of his early projects such as Daniel (2010), to his most recent pieces, Daniela
(2019) and Aguas calientes [Hot Waters, 2019], with special emphasis on Patricia, the project
he made for the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires in 2017. It includes a text by the
exhibition curator Laura Hakel, as well as selected fragments from a conversation with the
artist in which he discusses his relationship with his home town of Tucumán, the themes that
inspire his work and the different sources that he draws on when making his pieces.

‘Chaile uses austere materials that refer to basic social needs such as food, housing and work. He
makes a mud-clay oven into a devotional figure, a provisional work space into a habitat and a
builder’s screed into a language. The syncretism of his works is more than a way of bringing
together symbolic elements or citing the past: it redirects our focus onto the tensions and survival
strategies of communities marginalized by large economies.’

                                                                                                                                Laura Hakel


This publication was produced for the exhibition Gabriel Chaile: Patricia, opened by the Museo de Arte
Moderno de Buenos Aires on 11 March, 2017.

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