Patrick Hamilton: Ultramar Sur

26 October - 30 November 2017
curated by Marcello Smarrelli, with a text of Marco Scotini

On Thursday 26th October at 7 p.m., the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere and the l’IILA-Italo-Latin American Institute will present Ultramar Sur, the first Italian exhibition by Chilean artist Patrick Hamilton, curated by Marcello Smarrelli. The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Marco Scotini, and will stay open to the public until 30th November 2017.

The entire project aims at unveiling forgotten stories from the past. Indeed, the title of the exhibition, namely Ultramar Sur, coincides with that of the last secret operation of the Third Reich, which saw 50 Nazi leaders escape to Latin America by submarine in search of a neutral land where to seek refuge after the Second World War. Hamilton ideally dedicates this research to Roberto Bolaño’s book “Nazi Literature in the Americas”, where the Chilean writer provocatively states that many Nazis chose Latin America because they considered it as the ideal place where to hide and be tolerated, in a cultural context characterised by an unconventional and heroic understanding of life.  

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"Ultramar Sur" installation view, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. Credits: Patrick Hamilton.