Gabriel Chaile: Patricia

In his artworks, Gabriel Chaile (San Miguel de Tucumán, 1985) fuses symbolic objects with austere materials such as adobe, brick and egg to represent basic social needs such as food, housings and work. In Patricia, his first solo exhibition at the Moderno, he has combined a clay oven with a pre-Columbian devotional figure, made scaffolding into a place to sleep and has converted builder’s working notes into a written language. The syncretism in these works becomes more than the sum of its parts: it is a means of expressing the tensions and strategies of subsistence communities marginalized by the greater economy. In this project, his gaze portrays the versatility of those forced to adapt to survive.

Chaile studied Fine Art at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. In 2008, he took part in the Programa pensamientos emplazados in the city of Salta and the next year moved to the City of Buenos Aires where he took part in the Programa de artistas de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. In 2010 he was selected to take part in the Laboratorio de Investigación en Prácticas Artísticas Contemporáneas (LIPAC) at the Centro Cultural Rojas. His major exhibitions to date have been El principio de la belleza está en el fin de la misma, at the Centro Cultural Borges (2011), Todas las cosas eran comunes, at the Galería Alberto Sendros (2012) and Salir del surco a labrar la tierra, at the Fondo Nacional de las Artes (2014).