Voluspa Jarpa was born in 1971 in Rancagua, Chile, and she currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.
Her work is based upon a meticulous analysis of political, historical and social documents from Chile and other Latin American countries that she uses to develop a reflection on the concept of memory, and explore many facets of the cultural notion of trauma. Her work might be seen as a subtle and covert examination of History.
She has participated in many international exhibitions including: Dislocacion at the Kunst Museum of Bern, Switzerland (2009); La No-Historia, Biennial of Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011 – 2015), La Biblioteca de la No-Historia at the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011), and the Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2014), En nuestra pequeña región de por acá, Malba, Buenos Aires (2016), Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America, at the Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland (2016).
Jarpa’s works are in important public and private collections including the MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, LARA Foundation, Singapore, Singapore, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA, Rabobank Collection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA.
She received the Illy sustain Art Prize in 2012 during ARCO in Madrid, Spain, and she was shortlisted for the Prix Meurice pour l’Art Contemporain in 2014.