QUIERO SER LUZ Y QUEDARME
SANTIAGO GARCÍA SÁENZ
CURAted by Pablo León de la Barra & Santiago Villanueva
COLECCIÓN AMALITA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
JUL 10. — NOV 13. 2021

EXHIBITION VIEW

Ph. Bruno Dubner

WORKS

Enduring Intolerance. Series Enduring Intolerance, ca. 1998

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
41.1 x 54.7 in

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Wishing for mercy, 2001

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
47.4 x 58.9 in

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Libertas-Resurrection. Series Christ in the Afflicted, 2001

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
43.3 x 55.1 in

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Self-Portrait reading “Cada comarca”. Series I Am Looking for you, America, 1992

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
46.5 x 75.8 in

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Untitled, ca. 2006

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
31.5 x 23.6 in

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Martyr. Series Martyrs, 1998

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
33.5 x 18.3 in

Our Lord of Patience prays for Us, 1992

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
25.6 x 17.5 in

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The calculation, 1999

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
54.9 x 74.8 in

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Suffering intolerance on July 18, 1994. Series Suffering intolerance, 1998

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
55.9 x 74.8 in

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Untitled, 2005 – 2006

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
19.7 x 27.6 in

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Harvesters, 1994

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil on canvas
32.1 x 35.8 in

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Untitled. Series I Am Looking for You, America, 1986

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil and synthetic enamel on wood
72 x 48 in

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The Americas. Series I Am Looking for You, America, 1985

Santiago García Sáenz

Oil and synthetic enamel on wood
72 x 48 in.

Peace (Malvinas), 1982

Santiago García Sáenz

Ink and acrylic on paper
61.8 x 101.8 in

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TEXT

Santiago García Sáenz
I Want to Be Light and Remain

I Want to Be Light and Remain is the first anthological show of work by Santiago García Sáenz (Buenos Aires, 1955–2006) to be held in an institutional setting since the time of his death. Known during his lifetime primarily as a religious and naive painter, we hope, with this exhibition, to turn around some past readings of his work. With the help of the passage of time, we will show a highly complex artist who, behind that intense religiosity fundamental to understanding the tensions and contradictions at play in his life and work, grappled in singular fashion with the major questions of his day.

The exhibition’s title is the title of a song composed by Daniel Reguera in 1963, shortly before the time of his death, and immortalized by Argentine singer Atahualpa Yupanqui. The verses “I don’t want to turn into a shadow, I want to be light and remain” were featured in García Sáenz’s solo show at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires in the year 2000. The phrase makes reference first to García Sáenz’s constant painterly interest in light: he would paint the canvas orange or yellow before working on the image so that light would shine through in his paintings, and he often depicted rays of light; and second to his ceaseless battle to live between light and darkness, to reconcile sexual desires and religiosity. “Wanting to be light and remain” also alludes to his need to transcend through his work: he knew that, as a person with HIV/AIDS, his life could come to an end at any moment.

This exhibition clusters García Sáenz’s work around a number of themes, some of them urgently in need of attention: the cultural explosion in Buenos Aires in the eighties; the search for a Latin American identity in his work; sexual intolerance and martyrization; HIV/AIDS in relation to his work; and nature as space of freedom, heeling, and redemption.

Pablo León de la Barra
Santiago Villanueva

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