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Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo MAAC, Guayaquil / Galería Proceso, Cuenca, 2014

The exhibition project (1975) is constructed from the staging of documents related to the bureaucratic management of national museums that emerged in the mid-20th century. I conducted research in the archives of the museums that belonged to the Central Bank in Quito and Guayaquil. This research process highlighted the importance of analyzing the artistic field within its contexts of circulation and consumption, as spaces that generate meaning, value, and legitimacy.

Furthermore, it served as the foundation for raising questions that intersected with the social and economic networks that fueled these museums: What characterized cultural management during the emergence of the country's museum institutions? How was the art and archaeology market related during this historical period? And how is the cultural and economic value of objects in the field of art determined? 

The exhibition consists of a series of paintings, drawings, and collages combined with archival documents, which bring into play the symbolic and economic values of objects in the context of art. It explores the cultural importance of the objects as well as their monetary value as a national reserve.

Pamela Cevallos, artist

Catálogo con texto de Malena Bedoya

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