In 1946, Argentine writer Julio Cortázar penned a short story about two shut-in siblings caring for their ancestral home. A ghostly presence takes over the house, forcing the pair into the streets.
Written in revolutionary Argentina in 1946, the story became a metaphor at a time when its people could not speak openly for fear of being jailed or killed.
SITE Santa Fe’s 2018 biennial “Casa tomada” alludes to this tale by asking how boundaries dissolve in an era of personal and political polarization. The exhibition of 23 artists opens Aug. 3. “Casa tomada” can literally mean “house taken over” or “drunken house,” said Candice Hopkins, co-curator of the exhibition with José Luis Blondet (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Ruba Katrib (New York’s Museum of Modern Art).
Anxieties about identity and “the other” again take political form. Travel bans from specifically chosen countries swell into bias, injustice and unrest. They arise literally with the border wall prototypes installed near Otay Mesa, Calif.