Etcétera is a multi-disciplinary collective created in Buenos Aires in 1997. It is made up of artists with a background in poetry, theater, visual arts and music. Its original purpose was to bring artistic expression closer to places of social conflict and shift these problems to cultural production spaces. These experiences take place at contemporary art venues such as museums, galleries and cultural centers, but also in the streets, at festivals, during protests and demonstrations, using different strategies including contextual and ephemeral public interventions. They consider themselves part of the ‘’committed art’’ movement. In 2005, they created the Fundación del Movimiento Internacional Errorista (International Errorist Movement Foundation) with other artists and activists. This international organization seeks to consolidate error as a life philosophy. The co-founders of the collective, Loreto Garín Guzmán y Federico Zukerfeld, are responsible for coordinating all activities, archives and other initiatives since 2007. In 2013, they received the Arte Participativo international award in Bologna and in 2015, the Prince Claus award in Amsterdam.
Their work has been showcased in international exhibits such as Ex-Argentina at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and Creatividad colectiva at the Fridericianum Kassel Museum, both in Germany. They also appeared in festivals such as the 8th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan; the 11th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; the 52nd October Art Salon in Belgrade, Serbia; 4th Athens Biennale; The 31st Bienal de Sao Paolo and the Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia, to name a few.
Por el fin del infierno
May 13th - 20 hs.
May 21st – 16 hs.
May 22nd – 17 and 19 hs.
May 23rd – 19 hs.
June 4th – 17 hs.
In 1998, Argentine artist Leon Ferrari sent a petition to Pope John Paul II on behalf of the CIHABAPAI (Club of the Impious, the Heretic, the Apostates, the Blasphemous, the Atheists, the Pagan, the Agnostic and the Unfaithful, founded by him), requesting the abolition of Hell. In December 2001, Ferrari wrote a second letter, to no avail. In 2013, shortly before Ferrari's death, his frenemy Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was proclaimed as the new Pope. In January 2014, an alleged message from Pope Francis appeared, making reference to Hell: “(…)The Church no longer believes in a literal Hell, where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend (...). We see Hell as a literary resource. Hell is no more than a metaphorfor the isolated soul''. The veracity of these declarations are still being questioned, but they triggered a heated debate between those who interpreted these words as the end of Hell and those who claimed that this was a metaphor and that eternal torment cannot be questioned.
Por el fin del Infierno es una campaña para pedir al Papa Francisco elucidar este punto crucial, mientras se pide su abolición final. También pretende difundir esta petición y recolectar las firmas necesarias para respaldar la solicitud de una audiencia para hacer la presentación formal ante el sumo pontífice durante 2017.
Andrea Giunta will be in charge of describing the situation of the letters sent to the Vatican by León Ferrari and the CIHABAPAI Club. Later, Grupo Etcétera will share some of the results of the petition, presenting the different cities and institutions that echoed the campaign.