2009 - Not Understanding is a good start
In 2007, the idea of having a contemporary art fair in Chile arises. A small group of people linked to this world, with experience on international fairs and with the conviction that these events are a key element which will make this market more dynamic, join forces to make this happen.
These convictions infect a countless number of cultural managers and people involved in the commercialization of contemporary art in Chile, which makes possible that in 2009, Chile's first Contemporary Art Fair, Ch.ACO takes place, at the Club de Planeadores in Vitacura.
This first edition presents 19 national and 7 foreign galleries, with works from over 200 artists from different nationalities, and it manages to bring together 25,000 people, thanks to the sponsorship from the National Arts Council, DIRAC and the Municipality of Vitacura.
Furthermore, in this edition, which coincides with Chile's Triennial and the beginning of the Bicentennial celebrations in Chile, the discussion panel program starts – organized by Irene Abujatum, which addressed “Artificial Intelligence”, with the participation of Justo Werlang, Juan Carlos Verme, Gloria Velandia, Rodrigo Alonso, Denise Ratinoff and Hans Michael Herzog among other renowned actors of the art and cultural world.