Santiago, Chile / Workshop 2013

Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile | Photography Workshop | November 1-7, 2013

Hosted by Guy Berube, Whitney Lewis-Smith, Julie Hodgson & Felipe Bracelis, with many guest artists.

In association with the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa

Duration of the Trip: 7 days

Duration of the Workshop: 5 days + 2 days of independent shooting and exploration of Santiago.

Cost $795 + HST (does not include airfare & hotel)


Santiago Press Release –

Have you ever flown across the world for art? Have you ever been a VIP at an international travelling exhibition? Visited the private studios of international artists? Been on a rooftop at a former crematorium between mountains and palm trees while studying nude models? Would you like to?

LPM Gallery & SPAO (School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa) is currently accepting participants for an exclusive workshop located in Santiago, Chile. This venture has risen out of the success and praise of LPM Gallery’s recent New York City based workshop ‘New York’s Photographic Underbelly: A Survivor’s Guide’ (May 13-17, 2013). With its rapidly growing support, this workshop initiative will continue to expand across borders, sites, and spaces all over the world.

The opportunity for participation is not limited to Ottawa + area residents. The call out is international, and welcomes people of all levels of membership and interests within the arts. No matter where you live or what you do, you can be apart of the experience. The key is to meet us there.

As we have learned through the New York City trip, the workshop experience is largely centered on the idea of stepping outside of oneself. To be sure, the Santiago workshop will be neither didactic nor, in any traditional sense, “academic”. In our daily lives, the eye and the body are trained too often to accept and expect normalcy.

This experience is about letting go, about meeting strangers, making new relationships, all in the spirit of art. As such, the Santiago workshop will work on the concept of extending vision across borders and cultures. It is true that in a world composed of multitudes, experiences of exchange and moments of chance prove most valuable.



This workshop, hosted by gallery owner and curator Guy Berube, is a unique experience to gain a behind the scenes look at the emerging art scene in Santiago, Chile, and will be in conjunction with the exhibition “YESSR 6” held at the cultural centre LA PERRERA (The dog pound) ( About a century ago, La Perrera’s building was the city’s crematorium; during the 1950s it became the city’s dog pound. In the mid 1990s Antonio Becerro, a Chilean artist, recovered the building and founded the cultural center. For almost a decade this unusual and dynamic space has been the venue for many art shows, independent film initiatives, performance festivals.


Beginning November 1, 2013, participants will receive an introduction to the exhibition’s organizational and curatorial team, including curator Guy Berube, and co-curator Felipe Alejandro Bracelis Santana. Felipe is a young up-and-coming curator and photographer who is working in conjunction with La Petite Mort for a second time this year. “YESSR 6” is an exhibition that examines how various cultures deal with issues of death and dying. This theme will be explored through the eyes of over 20 South American, Canadian and International artists. This initial meeting with the exhibition’s organizers will be a rare and unique behind the scenes look at the budding artistic scene in South America. Participants will also receive VIP treatment, as special guests to the exhibition’s vernissage that evening.


In the following days, participants will be shown Santiago through the eyes of Felipe – viewing both established galleries, and those spaces that are new to the scene. Julie Hodgson, Development Maven at La Petite Mort, will accompany these tours, providing relevant advice for aspiring artists in regards to future collectors. Guy will accompany participants on tours of numerous art institutions and artist’s studios, revealing Santiago’s hidden treasures. Participants will also be given free time to explore the highlights of the city, photograph on location, and to capture their own experiences and perspectives. Furthermore, participants will have the exciting opportunity to shoot with Felipe in one of his unusual and fascinating on-site locations.


This workshop is an opportunity to gain real world experience from several seasoned professionals in various areas of specialization. It is open to anyone interested in diversifying his or her artistic and photographic outlook – regardless of preferred medium (painters who work from photographic images are also encouraged to join) or skill level – all are welcome.


Julie Hodgson, Development Maven at the LPM Gallery, has been working at La Petite Mort Gallery since July 2010, and started the highly engaging LPM Collectors’ Group in September 2010. The LPM Collectors’ Group meets once a month for behind-the-scenes tours of public and private collections and for presentations by artists, curators, collectors, conservators, arts professionals, and art lovers who talk about art and the practical aspects of acquiring, caring for, and exhibiting an art collection.


Prior to her position at the LPM Gallery, Julie worked at the National Gallery of Canada for 17 years, four as a Curatorial Assistant in the Prints and Drawings Department, and 13 as a Senior Project Manager in Exhibitions Management, where she managed 80 exhibitions from 1997 to 2010.


Julie has also worked at many of Canada’s other cultural institutions including the Portrait Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Inuit Art Section at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, the National Capital Commission, the Owens Art Gallery, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

In March 2012, Julie, who also works with Guy Bérubé on the international exhibitions hosted by the LPM Gallery, accompanied Guy to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to participate in the installation of Flesh Garden, and gave a presentation to collectors in Buenos Aires about the work she does at the LPM Gallery and about Canadian collections.


Felipe Bracelis is an artists and curator from Chile, currently living and working in Santiago. His work revolves around digital collage, video installation, drawing and sculpture.  He is also the director of YESSR, an Art Platform that develops travelling shows, fanzines and online publications, supporting new talents for the Latin American Art Scene. Bracelis timeline includes participation in more than a dozen group shows, two solo shows and his personal magazine project, YESSR Magazine, which is currently sold at Tate Modern’s book shop, and independent bookstores in Santiago. His work has been shown in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Canada. His subject matter moves around three specific concepts: Pornographic imagery, landscape and  digital sharpness. He has previously collaborated with LPM as a curator, and his “Hybrid” series are currently available for sale at La Petite Mort Gallery.



The half day seminar, taught by Whitney Lewis-Smith, will involve each member of the class building their own pinhole cameras and loading them with light sensitive darkroom paper.  We will then wander to a few picturesque locations close to the gallery, such as photographing selected nude models, to experiment with composition.  Once everyone has exposed their images we will return to the gallery to develop our paper negatives in the darkroom and discuss.  The negatives created will be digitally inverted to look at during class and a final scanned positive will be sent to each participant following the trip.

For some examples and info on pinhole cameras:

Whitney Lewis-Smith is a photo based artist who studied at Concordia university and SPAO.  She uses alternative photographic methods to build dream-like still lives, portraits, and the occasional landscape.  Whitney currently lives in Ottawa.



BONUS FEATURE: As a bonus to this workshop, Guy Berube would like to include a critique of the work produced on the trip (upon return), which could potentially lead to a one week exhibit depending on the strength and final result of this photographic excursion.


Schedule for Workshop at Santiago and Day Trip to Valparaiso, November 1 – 7.

November 1 (Friday).

you all arrive that day, so rest up, and we can either meet you at one location: your hotel, or

7pm. – Behind the scenes look at the POST MORTEM Group Exhibit before the opening / private tour by gallery and curators.

8pm: Opening of Post Mortem (8 – 11 pm) at La Perrera. Meet & Greet with the artists, the curators and with the owner of the space, iconic artist Antonio Becerro. Food & drinks for everyone!! Performance art  by Toronto artist ASleks Bartosik ( )

November 2 (Saturday).
– Visit Santiago & Art institutions of different profiles:
Museum of Fine Arts ( and/or Museum of Visual Art ( and/or Museum of Contemporary Art EAST( , Options: Farmers’ Market / Flea Market.
November 3 (Sunday).
Visit to main uptown contemporary galleries of the city, spread throughout Santiago.

November 4 (Monday).
 Site seeing & independent day of exploration, inspiration, photography, etc. / More to be announced.

November 5 (Tuesday).
– 11 am noted Canadian photographer Whitney Lewis-Smith, as participant & educator ( for photo-based workshop, at La Perrera.
Afternoon; nude Shoot on Rooftop of La Perrera, with a live model/s and the direction of Felipe Bracelis, co-curator of group exhibit, director & photographer of noted publication, YESSR Magazine.
– Traditional Chilean lunch served by Sebastian Quezada. (no extra cost)

November 6 (Wednesday).
– 11 am Studio visit  at Jose Pedro Godoy’s Studio (
– Visit to the Museum of contemporary Art WEST, The curator of the space, Montserrat Rojas Corradi, will receive us personally.
– Afternoon visit to  Adolfo Bimer’s studio ( which is near La Perrera.

November 7 (Thursday).
-Day trip to Valparaiso. Meet & See the photographic work of noted photographer Cristobal Traslavina. Private tour of Parque Cultural de Valparaiso.


Ibis Hotel .  This is a Hotel that has recently landed in the city. It is not fancy at all… it is a simple hotel with simple and functional design. It’s fees start at 80 dollars for one night and it includes free breakfast. It is located in Providencia, a cool and trendy district, right next to the historic district of Central Santiago. It is one blocks away from a subway station of the main metro line.
NH Ciudad de Santiago
This Hotel is a little more expensive, around 140 bucks a night, but there might be some special offers. Itis located very centrally, also in Providencia.
Hostal Forestal.
This one is very cheap, in the middle of the prettiest part of Central Santiago, next to parks and to the Fine Arts Neighborhood.
Hostal de la barra
This hostal is also in the fine arts neighborhood, the location is nice and central. The offer everything shared rooms to private apartments.
Poker Hostal
This is a nice bed and breakfast with nice rates and in a nice neighborgood.
Places of interest:
Since santiago is very big, I’ll just focus on 4 districts and it’s main attractions.
This is the Capital of Chile and It’s where I live. On this area you should visit:
-Barrio Lastarria:
This neighborhood is very pretty, it has a small hill in the middle that has been adapted as an open park (Cerro Santa Lucia) and it was the spaniards first settlement in the city. On this area you’ll find very good places to eat, cheap and expensive, great ice cream palors, The old Biografo Cinema, The Museo of Visual Art (MAVI) in Plaza Mulato Gil, a modern and gigantic cultural centre called GAM, The Museum of Fine Arts and MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art). It also has Parque Forestal, a great place to walk and enjoy the sun.
-Alameda: Alameda is the main artery of the city. Here you will find the government palace of La Moneda (subway station La Moneda). Under it you will come across Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, a great and modern cultural centre.
Barrio Paris -Londres is a nice and small english looking neighborhood that you also enter through alameda, just a little more uptown… it is beautiful, definately a must see.
-Plaza de Armas: This is a beautiful and old Piaza, santiago’s old cathedral is there, some of tthe nicest and oldest buildings in the distict you can find here.
-Mercado Central – This french building is the city’s market, it is very pretty, full of local sea products and nice restaurants where u can eat all of chile’s sea wonders and cheeses, sausages ETC. It was recently declared one of the world’s prettiest markets by national geographic.
This district is home to Bellavista neighborhood, an stunning post colonial area that is now the main nightlife and turistic neighborhood.
in Bellavista you can find the Museo La Chascona, this is chilean poet and novel prize winner Pablo Neruda’s former house, and it is now an open museum. The place is stunning and so is the location.
In the end of the area you will see Cerro San Cristobal (Saint Christopher’s Hill), This is one of the city’s main natural landmarks. It’s a gigantic Hill and also one of the world’s largests parks. It has public pools, thematic botanical parks, a zoo, a cable train, and it’s where you can get the best views of santiago’s financial district and other urban areas, definately a must see, There’s a giant sculpture of virgin mary on the top, sort of a female version of Rio’s Cristo Redentor lol. In Bellavista you have a lot of restaurants and bars, not very expensive. a great bar to visit in this area is The Aubrey’s Bar, The Aubrey is one of Chile’s finest boutique hotels, it also is in the skirt of Cerro San Cristobal, their bar is open to public, the place is classy and the drinks are great. this is a Guy Must See. One last spot you should check out is Patio Bellavista, on this open concept patio your visitors can buy chilean craftworks and other cultural items. The construction of the place is very nice, it has nice bars and restaurants, and also some good galeries and book shops.
Parque Metropolitano –
This is a thriving district with lots to see, small and pretty neighborhoods and big and modern architecture in other areas.
Parque de las esculturas is an open concept museum with sculptures of Chile’s finest and most renowned sculptors, it is also a nice area to chill and have a cold drink.
Parque Bustamante is a long and thin park that divides Santiago Centro and Providencia. It is a great place for people seeing, and you have a lovely Cafe Literario of public access, where u can grab books and free internet surrounded by nature.
Barrio Italia:
This is the area where I currently work, it is full of great design stores, it is also the main focus of bike culture in the city. Barrio Italia has some of the most interesting art galleries in town, here are some recommendations:
Independent Galleries –
Florencia Loewenhal /
Trece /
D21 / (this is in a different part of the district, but still great place to visit)
In providencia you also can access Latin America’s tallest building, Costanera Centre, home of the country’s biggest and most modern shopping mall, if you need to buy  ANYTHING you’l probably find it there, plus is great to visit if you wanna sense the real contrasts of santiago, one if it’s qualities (the contrasting aspects that is)
This is definately Uptown. This two districts are the richest in the country. Las Condes is home to the city’s financial district, where you can find the most modern and daring architechture. Buildings Aside, Vitacura is where the fanciest and most recognized art galleries are at. Here’s a list of must sees.
Galeria Arte Espacio
Galeria Patricia Ready (This one represents Adolfo Bimer)



Adolfo Bimer –
Lautaro Veloso –
Gabriela Rivera –
Rosita Beas Capllonch –
Jose Badia Berner –
(Jose does not have a website), here’s a photo a took of his work at a show:
Felipe Bracelis –



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