CIAP/ FLACC Hasselt x Antonio Vega Macotela, Incendio

Parallel Program

CIAP and FLACC present Incendio by Antonio Vega Macotela. This is the first chapter in the long-term project The Q’aquchas Ballade, in which Macotela explores the figure of a ‘hacker’ as an agent of political and social disruption, in times when information is the most valuable resource.

A set of tapestries on view at CIAP draws a parallel between the hacker’s group led by  Nos del Abismo and the Q’aquchas, a band of pirate-miners, who in the 18th century, exploited the Bolivian mines at the times when legitimate miners were obliged to rest. Whether mining for silver or data, both groups have successfully used (loop)holes to undermine the existing power structures, ‘hack’ the system and making the invisible visible.

Antonio Vega Macotela (°1980) is a multidisciplinary artist living between Mexico in Amsterdam, whose works were exhibited internationally, most recently during Documenta 14 in Kassel and in the Hammer Museum, LA.

Antonio Vega Macotela, Incendio
Nobody will believe the fire if its smoke does not send signals, work in progress, image courtesy of the artist.


Opening: 05.10.19, 5 pm