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Muchedumbre: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer at AMA

  • Art Museum of the Americas 201 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

Muchedumbre: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer
Opening reception: Thursday, August 18, 2016 6-8pm

On view August 18-October 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas presents Muchedumbre: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer, a contemporary art exhibition organized with the Embassy of Chile in Washington DC. This exhibition is curated by art historian Camilo Yañez. Simultaneously, AMA presents José Gómez Sicre’s Eye: Works from AMA’s Permanent Collection, a selection of outstanding works from its revered collection of modern and contemporary art of the Americas. These exhibitions are part of AMA’s celebration of the birth centennial of its founding director, Cuban-born José Gómez Sicre.

Muchedumbre (crowd) is a large-scale and ongoing photographic archive. With this work-in-progress, Brantmayer aims to document social and cultural connections among Chilean people today. The work pretends to unveil, through detailed portraiture, the micro untold stories of each citizen photographed.

Muchedumbre reviews collective identity, both visual and anthropological. Brantmayer has recorded the portraits in different moments of contemporary Chilean history. However, they each record a similar glance, method, lighting, and framing. Artists, slum dwellers, hapless individuals, the congenitally blind, civil servants, people suffering from illness, sex workers, scholars, politicians, beauty queens, poets, housemaids, beggars, students, media workers, people devoted to spirituality and religion, people who are cross-dressing, environmentalists and land advocates, vegans and naturists, athletes, firefighters, boy scouts, paramedics, and caretakers.

Muchedumbre constitutes a visual and ethnographic cadastre which establishes a “natural” relationship with each human being’s search for identity. To show this vast typological archive of Chilean faces in the United States exposes the glances, desires, and hopes of one people to another, from one culture to another, from one human being to another.

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is part of the Organization of American States and its Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs. AMA’s work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities.  AMA promotes the core values of the OAS by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, and learning, highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation.  AMA’s work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange.  This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine aesthetics with topical social and political issues.

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