1990 / Starry II

Location: September 30, 1990

Date: September 30, 1990

Event: The exhibition Museo Abierto [Open Museum]

Documentation: Ulises Nilo, Marcelo Montecino

Other People/Associations: Nemesio Antúnez, Lotty Rosenfeld, Gloria Camiruaga

Institution: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Description: In early 1990, the Yeguas de Apocalipsis were invited to participate in the “Installations and Performance” category within Museo Abierto, the first major group exhibition in the National Museum of Fine Art to take place after the democratically-elected government of Patricio Aylwin assumed power. However, in reaction to the censorship of Casa Particular, a piece by Gloria Camiruaga in the “Video Art” section of the same exhibit, Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas decided to withdraw from the event. On September 30, 1990, they performed Starry-Eyed II, an unauthorized intervention in front of the Museum, with the aim of protesting the video’s censure. In dialogue with their urban intervention on San Camilo Street in 1989, Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas transformed themselves, visually citing the cinema divas Rita Hayworth and Dolores del Río and posing for cameras. They stood at the center of stars drawn in neoprene (flammable glue) on the ground, which they lit on fire.