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Meet Chile Con Carne: SuperRare’s Spiciest Space

Envenenadas” by Donatelly, 2022. From Histeria Colectiva” curated by Epifania de Gracia.

Meet Chile Con Carne: SuperRare’s Spiciest Space

3 weeks ago

Spaces are self-sustaining galleries on SuperRare that curate, promote, and sell artworks. Anyone can submit an application. The SuperRare Spaces are varied in sizes, philosophies, and levels of wits but all centered virtually the same mission: to push forward decentralized curation and promote crypto artists from all over the world.

Meet Chile Con Carne, the SuperRare Space run by versifier and curator Epifania de Gracia. As the Space states well-nigh its philosophy, “historically chili con carne was cooked to gloat victory in battle. Aztecs prepared tomatoes and chiles, the meat was to be the mankind of the conquistadors. Our story is all well-nigh that: Mankind and Resistance!” SuperRare curator Mika Bar On Nesher sat lanugo with Epifana to get a largest understanding of the story overdue this purlieus pushing digital gallery and art joint that celebrates erotism, womanhood. Their mission? To fight for an equal representation of women, LGBTQIA , disidencia, and minorities into the NFT world. This SuperRare Space has a DIY grassroots spirit defended to challenging the status quo, which is what Web3 is all about.

Mika Bar On Nesher: Chile Con Carne is not only a digital gallery, but moreover an art collective. What did you see was lacking in the NFT space when you put together your Space proposal?

Epifania de Gracia: When I began to mint, I felt a bit lonely as a woman creating erotic cryptoart, I figured that corporeality was woolgathering from the market, was misrepresented, avatarized, infantilized. There was no room for flesh, for stretch marks, overweight girls, onanism or rebellion! As a digital painter and Bella Artes lover, I wasn’t satisfied, I was seeking for increasingly stimulation, increasingly speech, so I began to squint for peers, other subversive / unconventional artists who I could relate to. I started to encourage and help my friends to create their own wallets and venture into the cryptoart world. From nothing I became in tuition of a small group of motivated creators, and when I heard well-nigh the first Space Race I immediately saw the logic to create a Space where sensuality, identities and desires could be observed from flipside angle, far from taboos and merchandising. A virtual refuge for outcasts was needed so I ran 3 times, spent weeks without sleeping and reached a tuft of $RARE holders to present my project. It was the closest to a political wayfarers I had overly done, I held vote by vote until I won the third Space race!

Censored” by Epifania de Gracia, 2022. From Histeria Colectiva” curated by Epifania de Gracia.

To inaugurate Chile Con Carne Space I curated an exhibition named “Histeria Colectiva”, to immediately make a statement: re-appropriation of hysteria is a inside concept of (sex positive) feminism, a protolanguage serving simultaneously as an alphabetize of forms of gender oppression and a space to stage resistance to it. I consider myself a sex positivist feminist activist, my art reflects it in so many aspects, I refuse to be a victim, the weaker sex, the piece of meat. I own my body, I’m proud of it, of all its imperfections – journey to visa wasn’t easy, Art was fundamental to unzip it, that’s where Epiphany and Grace comes! I own my pleasure and it comes first, I’m empowered unbearable to segregate violence, pornography or plane sado-masochism as paths for self-rule if I wanted to. I repudiate censorship, my undeniability is to liberate not to cancel, I well-wisher for inclusiveness, for tolerance. Considering the Hysteria is joint as the struggles I was obsessed with by inviting as many talents as possible, to spotlight women creators, to bring new artists to the ecosystem. Artists who create unique and rare artworks.

“Collective Hysteria” could moreover be hands understood as a criticism of our convulsive epoch, taken as an invitation to wifely down, to reflect further, to make love and not war! From Magnetismo and Cristina Vela‘s innocence to Oona and Iris Kauf‘s insolence, you meet Michelle Thompson with whom we built one of the first bridges between Spaces, her work as well as Margaret Murphy‘s one is a profound reflexion well-nigh identity, on how women are related with their image, on how they are perceived and perceive themselves inside the mold of our traditional western cultures.

Two Faced” by Michelle Thompson, 2022. From Histeria Colectiva” curated by Epifania de Gracia.

Esra Eslen brings us to eastern frontiers of consciousness, reminds us how fantasies and fantasy are inextricably linked, how dreams are an integral part of our existences and why Poetry is vital. Poetry, a worldwide thread of “Histeria Colectiva”, traversing the work of Donatelly, who transforms a simple kiss into a symbol of life, death, sin and mutation. Vanessa del Rey, a Marvel and DC Comic versifier gives us her first crypto originative work, an sectional and NSFW woman (and her shadow) laying lanugo offered and empowered. In a similar position but this time offered to herself, to her awakening, “Despertar”, of La Saló is one of the masterpieces shown in this exhibition, a radical volatility made with a very archetype Latin American line stroke. The first and last nod to sex positivism is found in the work of BER who, in wing to stuff a visionary artist, is a Neo-Reichian therapist. I know It’s a long list, can make you finger a bit dizzy, could plane requite you some Florence syndrome but I really want to use this tribune to undeniability out collectors and the regulars in unstipulated to explore, to risk themselves, to raise the stakes. A proper hodgepodge must include emergent artists, you have to bet on the future!

MBON: In your wits as an versifier and a leader in the space, how is the Cryptoart movement disrupting the traditional art market?

EdG: I never bought into the showy vernissage mood. I believe if you don’t come from art school you will never finger really at ease visiting a traditional art gallery. Cryptoart on the other hand, doesn’t require a dress lawmaking or having to do small talk. Allows you to focus on the artwork, lets you spend whatever time you need to observe and understand it.

Discovering cryptoart, stuff a digital versifier was a personal revolution. Surpassing it, I couldn’t find a way out to commercialize my work, I was thinking of withdrawing art forever and dedicate myself to a conventional 9 to 5 job. Instead I can now focus on creation, dialogue with collectors all over the world and I plane have the endangerment to curate some of the artists I have unchangingly admired. I believe cryptoart will reach or overtake the volume of the traditional art market, a market increasingly than contaminated by counterfeits, by legalistic and physical limitations as transport and storage. Ease of use and transfer, transparency, legitimacy will bring massive adoption with millions of screens dissemination art everywhere!

MBON: What is the story overdue the name Chile Con Carne?

EdG: The Carne part is the most important, it’s our statement, it ways meat, flesh, resistance! It refers to the Bodies, speaking well-nigh corporeality is a unvarying in Latam originative expression. Explanation lies in centuries of abuse, from colonization to liberalism, persons have been massacred. In Chile and all over the continent, persons are missing, were kidnaped, tortured, raped, destroyed. Inhumane workloads crush them daily, prehistoric cults make them wrench down, vituperation them, forbid them. Imposed standards elaborated in London, Paris or NY shame them considering they don’t meet them and never will. They are crowded into unlivable housing, into transportations where all traits of intimacy and repletion are erased. Ill by supplies and chemicals long forbidden in the northern hemisphere. Humiliated by infinite debts and a forever guilt. Per contra into the flesh, into the carnality, there is moreover a findable escape to this fatality, an reachable enlightenment. When rid of the notion of sin, freed from marketing, vice becomes resilient, capable of all kinds of mutations and connections. Blood pulsed by the seek of pleasure and liberation, genetically invaded by the need to survive, the mankind is the impetus of all our desires and sensations, the unique proof of our humanity, made to dance, to caress, to feel, to desire. Sacrificed persons wilt sanctified, they protect, embrace, perpetuate, they create and resist.

The Carne part is the most important, it’s our statement, it ways meat, flesh, resistance! It refers to the Bodies, speaking well-nigh corporeality is a unvarying in Latam originative expression.

— Epifania de Gracia

MBON: How do you select your artists? Are they all a part of your uncontrived polity or do you seek out like-minded creators? What translating do you have for artists who want to be represented by your Space?

EdG: Have you seen the TV show “Mozart in the Jungle”? Like Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal), I curate with blood! I think the job consists of picking sincere artworks, pieces with strong speech and stimulating statements. No matter the medium, I try to offer an off-the-beaten-track and sensual selection, yonder from trends, from hashtags. I consider that scrutinizingly everything can wilt trappy and attractive, it depends how you squint at it, the spritz with which you represent it. I love to seek for flipside kind of beauty, less common, increasingly distorted, far from the traditional canons. What I really love well-nigh curation is that it connects me with universes I couldn’t reach vacated as an artist, and takes me out of my repletion zone. I could requite you the example of my friend Maritei, she made me discover the codes of Kawaii Art, you cannot imagine how splendrous and pink are hiding a message of rebelliousness and insubmission. Yes Kawaii is feminist!

I’ve met all the artists first through the internet, less Donatelly, she is a Latam night icon with her stilt weft Catarsis and I met her on a dancefloor. Everyday I spotlight artists on Chile Con Carne Twitter & Instagram finance “ ” ways that your Art is hot and that I want to work with you!

MBON: Tell us well-nigh any heady upcoming drops or events we can squint out for? Unlike some other SuperRare Spaces, you run and fund everything yourself. Who is helping you operate the space? Tell us increasingly well-nigh what role the polity plays in your Space?

EdG: Like many others I have increasingly ideas than resources, for example, without talking to you Mika, I was left with the bug of opening a physical space, I’m now trying to find the funds to transform my suite into a gallery! This year I’ve defended myself scrutinizingly 100% to Chile Con Carne, I finance everything with the earnings from the sale of my paintings, sometimes I had to front vacated delays or lack of compromise, not everyone understand yet cryptoart’s potentials, but despite the difficulty, Chile Con Carne is my baby, I project its space as I would with a IRL gallery, I want to constantly offer new temporary exhibitions, You should expect to see a lot of nipples, a lot of flesh, I want to get the most out of it from Web3 censorship resistance! Right now and considering celebrations are coming I’m preparing something special with Luluxxx, her art makes you want to flit and drink champagne. What largest way to uncork 2023 than with her glamor and sensuality ?

It’s really important for me to finish this interview shouting out to my fellow Playboy x Sevens grantee, Oona. She has been present since the beginning, she understood surpassing everyone the Chile Con Carne concept and has been on the front line to defend it. She is unquestionably presenting “Milk to Mint” in Art Basel Miami, a performance you cannot miss!

I want to send the biggest thanks to who is overdue the curtains, my friends Elisabet Montenegro and Jacqueline Herrera, they two are an unfailing source of inspiration and guidance, I couldn’t have washed-up it without their wise translating and their trappy writings.

Tropical Room” by BER, 2022. From Histeria Colectiva” curated by Epifania de Gracia.


Mika Bar On Nesher

Mika is a writer and filmmaker based in NYC. They are a Curator at SuperRare@superraremika



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