Despacio — Jens Hoffman & Federico Herrero
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It is the year 2028. The ruins of a Central American metropolis. Art is banned. A handful of artists work on dematerialized artistic experiments. Communication is only possible by telekinesis. Despacio is their refuge.
This publication marks the beginning, the end, and the future of Despacio, one of the most significant art spaces in Central America. Founded in San José, Costa Rica in 2008, Despacio began with occasional solo exhibitions of local, national, and international artists, and grew into a visionary and highly unconventional art space devoted to art, politics, and ecology by means of public programs, open studio visits, field trips, residencies, and a highly experimental exhibition program focused on pathbreaking artists from Central America. Instead of following the standardized North American and Western European art market, Despacio has proposed a utopic journey free from institutional restrictions, limits, and controls.