(Venezuela, 1972) is the founder and director of Artishock.cl, a website about contemporary art with an emphasis on Latin America. She graduated in Social Communication, specializing in audiovisual, from the Catholic University Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela, 1994) and studied contemporary art (theory and practice) sporadically in New York from 1997 to 2007. In New York, she worked as a senior correspondent for the magazine Arte al Día International (2004-2007) and as Cultural correspondent for the Spanish news agency EFE (2002-2007). In Chile, she was in charge of press and publications for the Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI), the Art Gallery Gabriela Mistral, Moro Gallery and the Biennial of Video and media arts. Villasmil coordinated and designed the program Diploma in Critical Curatorial Studies at the Universidad Desarrollo (UDD), an institution where she also taught the Art and Writing Workshop (2012).
She has contributed to several exhibition catalogs and has been invited to conferences organized by the Ch.ACO Fair, Jersey City Museum (New Jersey, USA), Museo del Barrio (New York) and the Universidad Católica of Chile. She has been a juror for Faxxi Fair (Chile, 2014 and 2015) and Entre Ch.ACO & Finland (Fair Ch.ACO), among other competitions and forums.
Disseminating Latin American art in these times is not easy. The overabundance of information at the global level, mediated by numerous platforms – online sites, print magazines, blogs and social networks – makes communication channels saturated with information flows often of dubious reputation or simply of poor quality.
Putting into circulation the different artistic productions of a region such as Latin America, with its rich diversity and dynamism, then requires a fine editing work that contributes useful, fast, rigorous, specifically directed and of fully access contents, not forgetting to highlight those scenes – and their actors – who fail to gain visibility in the mainstream media.
The situation is even more complex when it comes to small scenes – even if they can be in frank development-, like those of Central America and the Caribbean. I have committed to visualize and rescue the activities of contemporary art circuits in these sub-regions (if the term fits here).