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How will we live together, Chileans and Mapuche? Building places to get to know each other (Künü) Building places to parley (Koyaü-we)

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 am - 7 pm

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Alejandro Aravena (Chilean, b.1967), Gonzalo Arteaga (Chilean, b.1977), Víctor Oddó (Chilean, b.1975), Diego Torres (Peruvian, b.1979), Juan Cerda (Chilean, b.1980) of ELEMENTAL (Chile, est.2001)



Mapuche comes from Mapu (Earth) and Che (People). Mapuche and Chileans have been in conflict since the formation of the Republic, and at its core there has always been the question of the land. In recent times, the conflict’s violence has escalated. So, how will the Mapuche people and Chileans live together? This project explores an alternative path to violence. Sitting at this table are some of the incumbents: a Mapuche territorial organization and a Chilean forestry company. Both live in the same territory; both intend to remain there, and both understand that confrontation has not solved the problem. A possible rapprochement process is at least two-fold: a condition reflected in this installation organized as Künü (places to know each other) and Koyaü-we (places to parlay).

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
Recently, violence has increased in the historical Mapuche-Chilean conflict.


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
To address the Mapuche-Chilean conflict we propose to build places that recover the old tradition of parleys.



Thanks to
Asociación Comunal de Comunidades Mapuche de Loncoche, Mario Mila, Elba Matuz, Fidel Curallanca, Luis Hueraman, Charles Kimber, Sebastián Donoso, Verónica Figueroa, Víctor Caniullan, Leonel Lienlaf, Pablo Huaiquilao, Mauricio Leiva, David Gutiérrez, Katherine Coppelli, Juan Anzieta, Rene Sandoval, Jorge Retamal, Cristián Durán, Eugenio Marcos, Rodrigo Araya, Flavia Berger y Roberto Reveco

Production credits

Construction Team: Luigi d’Oro and Flaminio Bovino
Executive Production: Arguzia
Video Production: Vicente Fernández

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