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Territory (Territorio) an exhibition by Ragko (Julio Muñoz)

Please join us for:
Territory (Territorio) an exhibition by Ragko (Julio Muñoz) in Berry 183

Open-Air Painting
Tues 5/22: 2-6pm Baker Main Hall
Gallery Talk + Reception
Fri 5/25: 6-8pm Berry 183

For Ragko, the language of art expresses the most profound connections of being in a territory. He creates new visual expressions to evoke historical memory and project emergent identity formation, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the recuperation of the Mapuche Pueblo. “Territory” explores these new identity formations within rapidly shifting climates. His exhibition at Dartmouth projects landscapes from perspectives of tangible spaces – like flora and fauna endemic to Mapuche-Williche territory – towards the intangible, with a cultural presence beyond the recognizable.

Ragko (Julio Muñoz) holds degrees in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, and in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Chile. Ragko has practiced visual arts through a variety of expressions: drawing, wood sculpting, metallurgy, oil painting, graphic design, and video and photography. Parallel to his artistic work, he works professionally in both industrial and graphic design. He teaches art to children and youth in communities that are socioculturally marginalized in Chilean society to help shape their artistic expression. He assumes the conditional identity that influences all his art, namely his belonging, since childhood, to the alto txen txen, a site of cultural signification for Mapuche-Williche people in the sector of Rawe, Osorno. His cosmovision manifests from this belonging – this being – rooted in the physical and temporal dimensions, as well as the traditions and dreamscapes of this territory.

The name Ragko derives from the mixture of water and clay. Rawe, the place where he was born and lives, roughly translates to the place of clay.

Ragko articulates his work in collections. This form produces expressive, methodological, and aesthetic possibilities linked to the life processes and ancestral identity of being Mapuche-Williche. This ‘doing-with’ corresponds with the rhythms of life itself and finds expression within the visual display of his work as a collection. His work navigates diverse conceptual and physical territories, and resides in harbors that connect to other places of internal or external importance, old or new. Within this residence, his art consolidates the definitive patterns.

This visit is sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Native American Studies, Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies, Dept. of Studio Art, Dept. of Geography, and classroom visits made possible by the Rockefeller Center Classroom.

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