I was there, Chile Pavilion at Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2008
‘The Chilean proposal is a platform to recover works of architecture that have managed to settle transversely into the national memory, beyond the specialized circuits’. 
This Architectural Exhibition was part of Out There, Venice Biennale 2008. It was curated by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. The exhibition explored the dialogue between architecture and tourism, between architecture and the lay person, between architecture and local identities and handicraft, and between conventional methods of architectural representation (using scaled models) and the diverse representational souvenirs (with inaccurate scale, proportion or detail) made by people outside of the discipline.
‘I was there’ reveals the role tourism and architecture play in the displacement of people for commerce. It explores how the transient tourist taking pictures in front of a significant backdrop is consuming architecture. Architects today, design and erect these backgrounds, thus acting not only as a cultural devise but also an economic driver. The exhibition also puts forward popular Chilean architectural icons which have come to represent different local identities. These objects on display are idealised building forms, transformed into archetypes by craftsmen, into a singular form devoid of function, making it part of a memory and of the complete experience of being there.