Delfina Foundation is delighted to present Haptic, a solo exhibition by 2019 artist-in-residence Constanza Alarcón Tennen, hosted on the extended reality platform Vortic.

The show forms part of Vortic’s thematic series Female Voices of Latin America, which showcases more than 100 female artists from the region in celebration of International Women’s Month.

In Haptic Constanza Alarcón Tennen presents a series of new works that include photo-performances, drawings and photographs of small cabinet-like scenes, framed under her interest in sound and storytelling as methods of resistance.

Haptic is a meditation on touch, navigating ideas and gestures of intimacy, proximity and a reflection of the world through the skin and body. From found bones, to stones and clay sound sculptures, the exhibition is conceived as visual storytelling, freely moving between thoughts on our relation to nature and death, the act of gathering as both a political and poetical gesture, and the potential of creating a language through touch.

Haptic will be available to view on Vortic until 2 May 2021.

Artist Biography

2019 artist-in-residence Constanza Alarcón Tennen (Santiago, Chile. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes sound installations, videos, sculptures, performances, amongst other media. Sound is a key element in her work, which she explores through collective performances, audio archives and the orality of spoken words.

She finds herself intrigued by odd experiences, and unconventional ways of understanding or recording them. In particular, she is interested in how some of these experiences (political, geological, biographical) are retained in memory. Questions as varied as “how do we make sense of desire?”, or “how we remember ephemeral but radical phenomena such as earthquakes?”, are the fuel for her work.

Alarcon Tennen graduated with a BFA from Universidad Católica de Chile in 2009 and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2015. Her work has been shown internationally at venues such El Dorado (Bogotá), Atelierhaus Salzamt (Linz), the XIII New Media Biennial (Santiago), Instituto Cervantes (NY), The Chimney (NY), Die Ecke (Santiago), B.A.S.E Tsonami (Valparaíso), The Bronx Museum (NY) and Lunds Konsthall (Lund).

Her collaborators include cellist Yo-Yo Ma with the project ‘Choral, Collective, Tectonic’ for Days of Action, performance artist Isabel Torres for the ongoing project ‘Nazca/Sudamericana’, and feminist organizations and collectives such as Grupo and TRACC.

Besides her artistic practice, Constanza is a teacher, a partner, a sister and daughter, and translates Art writings through VIA TRADUCCIONES. Upcoming projects include the independent publication ‘Kisses, Vortex’, an artist book which includes a selection of her poems, images and found stones.

Constanza lives and works in Santiago.


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