María Verónica San Martín (b. 1981, Santiago, Chile) is a New York-based artist working in printmaking, artists books, installation, sculpture, and performance. She was a studio artist at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, NYC, an artist-in-residence at Art OMI, Ghent, NY and a Scholar at The Center for Book Arts in NYC. San Martín addresses memory as a pivotal factor for the understanding of the neoliberal, globalized present, turning recently to the subject matter of the Chilean dictatorship’s violence (1973-1990), vis-à-vis the United States and Nazism’s involvement in that violence. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum Meermanno in The Hague, Netherlands (2019); The Chilean National Archive (2018); BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn (2017) and the Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights (2013), and group exhibitions at The Print Center in Philadelphia, PA,(2019) ; Artists Space, NYC (2018); The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (2016), and Stanford University (2015).
San Martin has been performing and lecturing her Moving Memorial series and Dignidad project at international museums, galleries, and public libraries and schools since 2016. She was recently awarded with two Fondart grants from National Council for the Culture and the Arts of Chile. Her work is collected by the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the MET, NYC, the Walker Art Center, MN, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, among others. She is currently teaching at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, and at Penland School of Craft (summer), NC while co-curating the Second Photo & Artist Book Fair at The Musuem of the Americas (AMA) in Washington, DC.
Represented by BooklynArt New York
2018 Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, New York, NY
2013 MA Art & the Book. Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C.
2007 BFA Graphic Design Major (High Distinction). Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile
2019 & 2017 FONDART Grant, National Council for the Culture and the Arts, Government of Chile
2019 Finalist, YAP_CONSTRUCTO (Young Architects Program), associated to MoMA Ps1 (Collaboration)
2012 Finalist Art Book Fellowship: National Museum of Women in the Arts, WDC
09-11 Becas-Chile, CONICYT, full scholarship for Master Degree, Government of Chile
2019 ACE project, Buenos Aires, Argentina
16-17 Scholar for Advanced Studies in Book Arts, Center for Book Arts, NYC
2016 Art OMI, International Art Residency, Ghent, NY
2019 "Dignidad. Artist Books by María Verónica San Martín", Museum Meermanno, The Hague, Netherlands
2019 "La Caja / El Caso", Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile
2019 "Dignidad", Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
2018 "Dignidad", National Archives, Santiago, Chile
2017 "María Verónica San Martín: Memory in Multiples", BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY
2016 "Moving Memorials", Embassy of Chile, Washington D.C. and at the Cultural Center of Antofagasta, Chile
2013 "Memoria y Paisaje". Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 "DMV Color. Book Arts by Women of Color", National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
2019 "The Politics of Rhetoric", The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2018 "Public Space", Whitney Museum, ISP Program, Artist Space Gallery, NYC ; "Mirror Mirror", Robeson
Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ; "9th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro", Alijo, Portugal
2017 "Showcase Exhibition", Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München, Germany
2016 "Missing Persons", Stanford University Museum, Stanford, CA
2015 "The Art of Murder", MIA Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
2014 "Favor de Tocar", Larva Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico
2013 "NEXT 2013", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
PERFORMANCES (2016 - ongoing)
"Dignidad": Royal Academy of Art organize by Museum Meermanno, The Hague, NL ; Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile ; Artists Television Access (ATA), San Francisco, CA ; Center for Book Arts (CBA), NYC, (2019) ; The National Archive of Chile, Santiago (2018) ; Whitney Museum, ISP, Artists Space, NYC (2018).
"Moving Memorials": University of Delaware Museum, Newark, DE (2019) ; Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA
(2018) ; P.S.147, Brooklyn, NY (2018) ; BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY (2017) ; Corporation Red Calle, Santiago, Chile (2016) ; Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, Chile (2016) ; Art OMI, Ghent, NY (2016)
ARTIST TALKS (2015-2020)
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota, MN ; Wellesley College, Art Department, Wellesley, MA (2020) ; "The 25th Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium", Rutgers University, New Jersey, NJ ; The Grolier Club, New York, NY ; "Dignidad: Archives, Art & Memory", Animal Gallery, Santiago, Chile ; "Archives, Art & Memory", The National Archive of Chile, Santiago, Chile ; "Archives, Memory & Identity Symposium", Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA ; "Radical Formats: Talk on Political Books", Pyramid Atlantic Biennial BF, Hyattsville, MD (2018) ; "Plegar y Desplegar", Universidad de Chile & Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, Chile ; Introduction to the Visual Arts CSI/CUNY, Staten Island, NY (2017); "The Lines of Design Seminar", AIEP Institute, Design Faculty, Antofagasta, Chile ; "Show and Tell with Artists who make Books", Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA (2016).
BOOK AND ART FAIRS 2012-ONGOING
Codex International Book Fair 2017, San Francisco, CA ; E/AB Fair, Editions Artists' Books Fair, New York, NY ; Impresionante, Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, Chile ; The Oxford Book Fair, Oxford/Brookes University, Oxford, UK ; The Fine Press Book Fair, New York ; New York Art Book Fair, Printed ; MoMA Ps1, New York, NY ; LA Art Book Fair. Los Angeles, CA ; Pyramid Atlantic Biennial Book Arts Fair, Hyattsville, MD
COLLECTIONS --see complete list here--
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France ; Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile ; MET, New York ; The Walker Museum, Minneapolis, MN ; Library of Congress (LoC). Washington, DC ; The New York Public Library ; New York ; Harvard University Art Library. Boston, MA ; Stanford University Libraries. Stanford, CA ; Yale University; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. New Haven, CT, among other 45 international collections.
Curator, AMA Artist and Photobook Fair, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C. (Fall 2020)
Co-curator, Inner Revolution, Funkhouse-Monom, Berlin, Germany (Fall 2020)
Professor, “Creating Artists’ Books”, Penland School of Craft, NC
Professor, “How to Conceptualize and Create the Artist Book”, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Professor, “Studio III, Edition and graphic design Diploma”, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Professor, “Book Arts”, Design Faculty, PUC, Continue education, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: BooklynArt, non-profit organization, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY
JURY: Selection Committee 2018, Art Residency for Advanced Studies, The Center for Book Arts, New York
BIBLIOGRAPHY (Exhibition catalogues and published articles)
- “To not forget twice: some reflections on artists’ books in Latin America,” in Reconceptualizing Artists’ Books, ed. M. Weber, and J. Kurtz. New York: Booklyn Ed., 2018 by Florencia San Martin.
- “Right to know and Make the Economy Scream.” Parenthesis 33(2016), pp. 60-61 by Ian Kahn.
- “The Art of Maria Veronica San Martin: A Visual Narrative of the Chilean Regime”, Diseña Magazine (2016),
pp. 122-131 by Constanza Mansilla.
- "500 Handmade Books", Volume 2 (New York: Lark Crafts Publication, 2013), p. 197.
2020 #5WomenArtists, a social media initiative by academic art museums to feature works by women in their collections, nominated by Smith College Museum of Art, March, 2020
Dignidad Exhibition, Algemeen Dagblad/Haagsche Courant, Newspaper, The Netherlands, 2019
TV News, channel 13, “The secret audios of Colonia Dignidad by artist Maria Veronica San Martin…”, oc.5, 2018
TV News, channel 13, Mesa Central: Chapter 25 - oc.7, “Dignidad-exhibition-National Archives”, (min. 1:51:07)
Radio, La Clave, interview by Fernando Paulsen, “Maria Veronica San Martin presents Dignidad”, oct.10, 2018
Radio Cooperativa, interview by Paula Molina, “The recovery of the sound archives of Colonia Dignidad”, oc 8
Radio, University of Chile, “Colonia Dignidad Uncovered: Artist Reveals Conversations...”, oct. 7, 2018
Newspaper, El Dinamo,“Utopia dystopia: the exhibition centered on human rights violations at Colonia Dignidad”, Oct. 17, 2018. https://www.eldinamo.cl/actualidad/2018/10/17/utopia-distopica-la-exhibicion-centrada-en-las-violaciones-a-los-ddhh-en-colonia-dignidad/
National Archives of Chile, Multiplicity of languages against the forgetfulness of the artist M.Veronica San Martin, oct., 2018.
Newspaper The Clinic, Art and culture, “Dignidad: the exhibition based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad”, oct. 2, 2018.
Newspaper LUN, “Visual and Sound Installation by Maria Veronica San Martin, Audios by Paul Schäfer take over the National Archive”, oct. 6, 2018.
Newspaper Le Monde Diplomat, “Exhibition brings to light unpublished files on Colonia Dignidad”, oct. 2018.
Newspaper El ciudadano, “Dignity Work of María Verónica San Martín. Espionage and Secret Codes: Artist Reveals Paul Schäfer's Phone Conversations”, oct. 7, 2018
ArtForum, Art guide, The Center for Book ArtsScholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts, Jan, 2017
TV, NY1, Klint, Philip. "Art as a refuge for collective memory", June. 16, 2017
Broadway World News. "Chile's Military Dictatorship Inspires New Art Show at BRIC", BBW, May. 03, 2017 http://www.broadwayworld.com/cleveland/article/Chiles-Military-Dictatorship-Inspires-New-Art-Show-at-BRIC-20170503
The Washington Post, Jenkis, Mark. "In the galleries: Tales that unfold from the folding of paper", Nov. 11, 2016 https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-tales-that-unfold-from-the-folding-of-paper/2016/11/11/a2e1746a-a52d-11e6-8fc0-7be8f848c492_story.html
Art Magazine Artishock. “Impresionante: Feria de arte impreso en Chile” Sep. 1, 2016.
Newsprint, La Estrella de Antofagasta, Andrónico, Javier. “Exposición sobre los derechos humanos en Chile,”Ap. 30, 2016 pp. 17-18, 2016
TV Channel 14, “Exhibition on Mobility,” Vive Chile Antofagasta, TV, April 29, 2016.
Magazine, D+A journal, Dueñas, Magdalena. “Artist Books: Books or objects?”,N45, pp. 45-49, Sept/Oct., 2015
Newsprint, Startribune, Abbe, Mary. “The Art of Murder: Let us count the ways,” Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2015
Magazine, Livre, “M. Veronica San Martin. Books for the collective memory,” by Macarena Antique, Jan 26, 2014
Magazine, Mas Deco, “M.Verónica San Martín. The more technology, the more back. Digital separates us from the origin” by Francisca Cristi, Sep. 2014