* 1949 Chillán, Chile. Lives in Miami, USA.
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Action with photographer Luis Maldonado during the first
10 days of the biennial.
Eugenia Vargas transports a situation from Chile to Venice. With
her she brought Luis Maldonado, an itinerant photographer from the Plaza
de Armas in Santiago de Chile. He works, as he always has, with a German
box camera his grandfather acquired from a Polish traveler in the 1920’s.
The photos are developed immediately in a mini-darkroom inside the camera.
Visitors can have themselves photographed by Luis Maldonado on the same toy
horse as the one on the Plaza der Armas in Santiago. They receive the
photo as a gift, and in return, leave their image (on the negative)
with the artist.
The background is a reproduction of a famous view of Venice,
painted by the Chilean artist Ernesto Molina in 1857. Molina studied
at the academy in Santiago de Chile, the first director of which was
the Italian painter Juan Mochi.
Eugenia Vargas (left) and Pat Binder, co-editor of Universes in Universe