Gonzalo Díaz

(Chile, 1947)

Gonzalo Díaz’s INSITE97 project, La tierra prometida/The Promised Land, was installed in the basement of the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños in San Diego. Following the fourteen Stations of the Cross, the installation was built upon fourteen columns, each distinguished by a word with multiple meanings spelled out in blue neon. Each column was also marked by an illuminated bronze Roman numeral as well as an enigmatic figure at the top of the column, shrouded in dark wrappings. Playing off the large orthogonal space, Díaz created a mythological/spiritual space for the viewer.

Curators: Jessica Bradley, Olivier Debroise, Ivo Mesquita, and Sally Yard
Venue: Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños, San Diego