This document was published in the third issue of the Revista CAL, the magazine produced by the Galería CAL (Centro de Arte Latinoamericano), which was the first gallery in Chile to open its space to young artists and experimental art. The magazine’s goal was to publicize and encourage conversations about art and culture to the extent that was possible during the 1970s and 1980s under the authoritarian dictatorship in power at the time (1973–90). Though it only appeared four times, all of them in 1979, the magazine, which became known for its high artistic and editorial standards, was hugely influential in the Chilean art world during that tragic time in the country’s history, a period that is still the subject of unrelenting research.
Carlos Altamirano (b. 1954) lived and worked in Santiago, Chile. In the 1970s and 1980s he joined forces with Nelly Richard and Carlos Leppe to revitalize the country’s art scene through the CAL, Cromo, and Sur galleries. They used these spaces to stage art actions that prompted discussions about local and international culture via magazines, exhibitions, catalogues, and other publications. Altamirano experimented constantly, using traditional supports (painting and printmaking) and exploring modern installations (performance art and video art).