Voluspa Jarpa was born in 1971 in Rancagua, Chile. She currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.
Voluspa Jarpa’s work is rooted on the meticulous analysis of declassified archives and leaked documents of foreign interventions happening mainly in Chile and other Latin American countries (but also in Europe) during the Cold War. By working with the materiality of the defaced archives, Jarpa unearths painful truths about these often brutal interventions, reflecting simultaneously on the nature of the archive, on memory and the cultural notion of trauma.
Jarpa has had important solo exhibitions, including Cuerpo político: archivos públicos y secretos at the Gabriela Mistral Gallery of the Universidad de Chile (2017); En nuestra pequeña región de por acá at the MALBA, Buenos Aires (2017); or L’effet Charcot at La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris (2010). She has participated in many international exhibitions including: the 12th Shanghai Biennial curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina (2018-2019), The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America, at the Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); La No-Historia, Biennial of Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011 – 2015), the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil; the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2014); The Artistic Experience of History, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013); and Dislocation at the Kunst Museum of Bern, Switzerland (2009), among others.
Jarpa’s works are in important collections including that of the MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; LARA Foundation, Singapore; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA; Rabobank Collection, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA.
She received the Illy sustain Art Prize in 2012 during ARCO in Madrid, Spain.
Voluspa Jarpa is the selected artist to represent Chile in the 58th Venice Biennial.