In the works of Gabriel Chaile (Tucumán, 1985) there is a critical-poetical intersection between anthropology, the sacred and its rituals, the political, and pre-Columbian communities of South America, interpreted artistically and with certain eccentricity and sense of humor.
Gabriel carries out his anthropological and visual research beginning from two key concepts that are present all across the body of his oeuvre. These are the engineering of need, consisting on creating objects and structures from art that collaborate in improving the conditions of a certain borderline situation; and the genealogy of shape, which implies acknowledging that every object in its historical repetition provides a story to tell, that is recovered and updated in relation to the new context.
The artist utilizes both axioms to make sculptures, do paintings, and build big scale installations that allow several communities overshadowed by history and power structures to gain visibility and have a voice. Gabriel acts like a visual anthropologist: he studies his surrounding context, deconstructs it in new morphologies, charges it with new meaning and throws it into the world in the form of objects and images inviting to reflect on the relation between each other.