Organization of American States
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AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Muchedumbre – Photography by Jorge Brantmayer (Chile)

at AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, OAS
Washington, D.C. August 18-October 9, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, August 18, 6-8pm
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Curator: Camilo Yáñez

(crowd) is a large-scale and ongoing photographic archive. With this work-in-progress, Brantmayer aims to document social and cultural connections among Chilean people today. The work pretends to unveil, through detailed portraiture, the micro untold stories of each citizen photographed.

Muchedumbre reviews collective identity, both visual and anthropological. Brantmayer has recorded the portraits in different moments of contemporary Chilean history. However, they each record a similar glance, method, lighting, and framing. Artists, slum dwellers, hapless individuals, the congenitally blind, civil servants, people suffering from illness, sex workers, scholars, politicians, beauty queens, poets, housemaids, beggars, students, media workers, people devoted to spirituality and religion, people who are cross-dressing, environmentalists and land advocates, vegans and naturists, athletes, firefighters, boy scouts, paramedics, and caretakers.

Muchedumbre constitutes a visual and ethnographic cadastre which establishes a “natural” relationship with each human being’s search for identity. To show this vast typological archive of Chilean faces in the United States exposes the glances, desires, and hopes of one people to another, from one culture to another, from one human being to another.

Accessibility: AMA’s first floor is wheelchair accessible by a ramp that our security officers install per use, at the back entrance to the museum. There is a gravel pathway leading to the back entrance. There is one half-step leading from the first room into the first-floor galleries. There is a flight of winding stairs leading to the museum’s second floor. Restrooms are located on the second floor. For more information on accessibility, please contact 202 370 0147 or