The Thyssen Museum's Vision and Presence series will be complemented with a set of lectures by Latin American women artists to be held at Casa de América.


Casa de América and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza are joining forces in a common project: a series of lectures within the framework of the Vision and Presence cycle, whose objective is to give visibility to women creators.


Vision and Presence is a cycle of performances curated by Semíramis González that starts from Griselda Pollock's 1988 pioneering text, Vision and Dierence, to propose actions developed by women artists in different spaces of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.


Throughout this 2023, the project invites artists such as Lorena Wolffer (Mexico), Osiris Ferrera and Scarlett Rovelaz (Honduras), Amapola Prada (Peru) and Paula B. Pailamilla (Chile).


As a result of the collaboration between Casa de America and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, the Vision and Presence series expands its dissemination and approach to female creators with a number of lectures to be given by different Latin American artists at Casa de América, the day after the performance at the Thyssen. In this way, performative action is complemented with dialogue and encounters with the public to broaden the alliance in favor of giving visibility to women creators.


The topics chosen for the conferences will be those that concern the artists and that they transfer to their works with a renewed vision: gender equality, historical memory, racial diversity or climate change, among others.


Guest artists


Scarlett Rovelaz (Honduras 1987). Visual artist and teacher. Her pedagogical practice includes drawing, ceramics, sculpture and children's graphic expression. Student of Anthropology at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, graduated in Art History from the UNAH and graduated from the National School of Fine Arts. She has participated in various artistic events, group exhibitions, stone sculpture symposiums and performance festivals. She has five solo exhibitions. Her proposal is oriented to the creation of experimental works focused on environmental issues. Through her work she tries to create a bridge between traditional techniques and contemporary forms of creation.


Amapola Prada (Lima, 1978). She has collaborated in actions carried out at the PERFORMA 11 Biennial and at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). In 2008 Prada was awarded a grant from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art in New York, and has held artistic residencies at the Delfina Foundation (London), the LODO Platform (Buenos Aires), the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute (Lima), as well as other independent spaces. Her video work is part of the Kadist Collection (Paris and San Francisco) and Groupe Intervetion Vidéo (Montreal).


Paula B. Pailamilla (Santiago de Chile, 1988). Since 2011 she has developed her work in the field of performance based on her own Mapuche identity, questioning herself and her context on a historical, political and social level. Her textile work stands out in relational art projects. Since 2016 she is part of the Mapuche collective Rangiñtulewfu. She has been invited artist to various meetings, theaters and galleries in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Germany and Switzerland, addressing issues such as the body and racialized identities and their context. In 2020 she was a guest artist at the 11th Berlin Biennale in Germany. She won first place in the New Media category in the Young Art Prize awarded by the Municipality of Santiago in 2019, and second place in 2018 in the competition awarded by the Department of Native Peoples of the Ministry of Culture of Chile.